Mom's Touching Instagram Post Makes Us See Stretchmarks In A Whole New Light

by Julie Scagell
Image via Instagram/th3littlestavenger

Stretchmarks are a sign of all our bodies have done for us

If you’ve ever been pregnant, there’s a good chance you may have stretch marks somewhere on your body. For a lot of us, these marks can be frustrating . There are so many things that happen to our bodies during pregnancy and stretchmarks are one more (very permanent) reminder of this. One mom of three decided to embrace her marks as a reminder of just how much her body has given her.

Hayley Garnett is a mom to newborn twin girls, Ramona and Ruby, and toddler son, Archer. She recently shared an intimate picture of her post-baby body on Instagram when her son asked her what happened to her belly.

“Happy one week birthday, ladies,” Garnett posted on Instagram. “This morning Archer asked me what’s wrong with my belly and I told him that all of my babies leave marks on my belly so that I never forget for a second that I grew them in my body all on my own and that they exist earthside with me now!” she wrote.

The mom and photographer is no stranger to sharing details about her pregnancies, battle with postpartum depression, and all the changes her body has gone through as she prepared. Garnett posted a photo board series counting down the final weeks before she brought her girls into the world, a pregnancy that happened just two months after giving birth to son, Archer.

She says she helped Archer understand what the marks on her belly were all about. “I told him to feel the marks and that they felt kind of neat,” Garnett told Scary Mommy. “He’s never shy about saying what he’s thinking but he really was sort of speechless by the whole experience.”

“My stretch marks are a forever reminder, whether I’m truly confident having these marks or not, it’s no doubt a testament to the miracles my body has made,” Garnet wrote.

It seems those who have seen her picture agrees with her sentiment:

“Thank you! My oldest is 11 and I got so many stretch marks when I was pregnant with her. I find myself hating them but then think of why I have them. Wouldn’t trade any of my kids for a thing.”

“Absolutely amazing! miracles indeed!”

“I needed to read this. Congratulations on your newest additions.”

“Absolutely beautiful – I love this perspective as our bodies really are incredible.”

“We are so lucky to have these marks when lots of women would give anything for them.”

Garnett said it feels good to have resonated with so many moms. “I am not the first and nor will I be the last to share postpartum photos of my body, but I’ve always embraced my own vulnerability through my words and photos and I think it’s so important to share that with those who may feel similarly.”