Mother of triplets celebrates her stretch marks - and we couldn't love it more!
She's rightfully proud of her new body!
By Tiffany Herbrik
September 21 2018
Mummy blogger Desiree Fortin has shared her journey to becoming a mum over the last few years and wears her 'battle scars' with pride.
The 32-year-old hails from San Diego, US, and struggled to conceive naturally due to being diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. After receiving the diagnosis, she and her husband Ryan turned to fertility treatment.
Desiree told Yahoo! Be that the journey to becoming a mother was "harder than I thought it would be," and that, "We used two eggs, both took, and one egg split, giving us our triplet. We have two boys (identical) and a girl."
She sees her story as one of hope and therefore refers to her stretch marks as 'hope wounds'. Desiree posted a powerful message to her Instagram recently to expressed her appreciation for her body and what it has been through.
The image shows Desiree lying on her side in a bra and underwear while looking down at her stomach. She started off the caption with a quote that read, “For every women unhappy with her postpartum marks, there is one wishing she had them.”
She went on to say that she loved the quote that, "I once was her, the "one," waiting, wishing, hoping to be a Mother. Finding out I was finally going to be a Mom was one most incredible feelings. It didn't matter whether I was going to give birth naturally or have a cesarean (however you do it, you’re amazing). And it didn't matter that my body was going to change drastically. I was finally going to be a Mum, a Mum to triplets!"
On discovering that she would be having triplets, Desiree recalled to Yahoo! Be, "Initially our doctor told us we were having twins, which felt doable because my husband and I are both twins. Then she paused and said ‘there is a 3rd heartbeat!’ It was dead silent."
The shock comes after they were told that the chances of an egg splitting was at five percent.
The mum-of-three frequently posts about the reality of having young children and is open about mental health and body positivity. In August, she posted another body positive image of herself lying on her back with her stomach exposed while surrounded by her children. In the caption she revealed that, "Several months ago I was given an opportunity from the TV Show, The Doctor’s, to have a non-invasive tummy tuck. They called me 'the perfect candidate.' To be honest, I have never once considered a tummy tuck, not because I don’t support them but because I do my best to love my body for what is now. I declined the offer twice and had to follow my heart."
Desiree also went on to say how each body is different and some might "bounce back, other's don't" while others will have "not a single stretch mark" but others will.