The Second Trimester StreeeetchEmily Malone
I have reached the stage of pregnancy where I wake up each day amazed at how much bigger my belly seems. What took weeks to even show itself to the world at all is now suddenly growing at an alarmingly rapid pace!
For the first 20-or-so weeks of my pregnancy, my bump was probably only truly obvious to those who are closest to me. And then suddenly I “popped” and started looking quite pregnant.
Recently, as my belly seems to have exploded, I’ve experienced a sort of stretching feeling in my skin, and I’m starting to wonder if this is normal…
I have no actual visible stretch marks on my skin yet (crosses fingers and knocks on wood), but on certain days my stomach feels so big and hard that it truly feels like it wants to just burst right through my skin. (Is that creepy?) I have been gaining weight at a very slow and normal rate (~1 pound per week), and I’ve been lotioning like a maniac in hopes that it will keep the stretch marks at bay.
After all this stretching, it’s hard for me to imagine that my stomach will ever look normal again, but of course it’s a small price to pay for the reward we will get in October. In the meantime, has anyone else experienced these stretching pains? It makes sense that my skin and muscles will need to stretch to accommodate this new belly, but I’m a bit surprised that I seem to be able to feel it!
Here’s hoping that the growth continues to be slow and steady for the next 13 weeks, and that I can make it to the end with no visible lines. I suppose if I do end up getting them, I’ll simply consider them a badge of honor for getting to feel our little guy kicking and poking me all day long. Stretch marks or no marks, I wouldn’t trade that feeling for anything in the world.
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