Before the stretch marks

I was staring at my tummy stretch marks this morning—YEP, I HAVE THEM—and instead of feeling sad and disgusted and grossly ashamed of myself (“No more bikinis huhuhu!” I previously lamented), I realized that I was now  okay with them… and the high-waist bikinis and one-piece swimsuits that my mom-bod is now limited to. Haha.

My OB was right: No amount of expensive creams and oils can make you completely immune to them, especially if you’re thin to begin with and if it runs in the family. In fairness to Palmer’s and Clarins (thank you, Rustan’s!), they kept me stretch mark-free until around my 7th to 8th month. I guess my skin just couldn’t handle my sudden ballooning during the final stretch. And oh, did I mention I’ve also got marks all over my butt? Huhu haha. Oh well. The physical #mommyfication has begun!

Anyhoo, staring at my post-pregnancy tummy made me sorely miss being pregnant (and my previously smooth, stretched belly!) so I’ve decided to get pregnant again. (KIDDING!!!) I realized that I haven’t shared all photos from our maternity shoot yet, so here they are. I’m soooo glad we did this shoot. My stomach no longer looks as smooth as that, but hey, at least I’ve got pictures. 😛

Mommy friends, what stretch mark creams/oils did you use and did they work? I’m now using Bio Oil to remedy my marks!

Special thanks to my faves! Photography by Dakila Angeles; hair and makeup by Muriel Vega Perez.
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