Mother of triplets celebrates her stretch marks - and we couldn't love it more!

She's rightfully proud of her new body!

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.

"For every women unhappy with her postpartum marks, there is one wishing she had them." I love this quote. 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 Mom, a Mom to triplets! And although I never imagined my body would look the way it does now, it represents so much more. There is a lot of extra skin, stretch marks, sag and wrinkles. And while my new Mom body may be hard to love sometimes, it is a new me that represents the power of the female body and the miracle of carrying three babies. As I have shared before, I call my postpartum marks my "Hope wounds" and they have taught me a greater meaning of self-love and appreciation for my body. I think that it is important to change our Mom body perspectives. There is empowerment for yourself in loving yourself. Our postpartum marks are stories of hope, stories of love, and sometimes stories of loss. There is so much beauty in our Mom bodies because above all they represent life, our children, and the undeniable love we have for them. For the "one"somewhere wishing, hoping, praying for her miracle, this is for you. For the one who delivered and lost your baby, I know these are all you physically have left of your angel. You are strong mama. And to all the Mama's struggling to love themselves: you're beautiful, strong, and may you be empowered to love yourself a little more today!! Choose to change your perspective because your beautiful! Bra/Undies: @knix >>> the most incredible bra and underwear I own!!! P.S EXCITING NEWS Next week I leave for an amazing Body + Love Workshop by @sarahsapora I'm so excited to be surrounded and inspired by an amazing group of people all supporting each other! I will be share more details in my stories 💕

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."

Next week I will be 3 years postpartum. In that time frame I've been asked and congratulated on "my bump" a few times. I can't fit into many of my Pre baby jeans. Somehow my hips got bigger and there is always skin hanging over any kind of pants I wear. My body is certainly different now. * 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. * While I truly believe in self love, I knew a tummy tuck just wasn't for me. Honestly, my body is hard to love some days, but I truly have grown to love and appreciate my hope wounds! These marks are my story and represent the lives of my triplets. It's all about perspective. My journey has required daily affirmation of self love. Our bodies change drastically after giving birth and while some bounce back, others don't. While some have not a single stretch mark, others do, everywhere. While some have a c-section scar, others don't. Whatever you're story is, I encourage you to LOVE the new you!! Affirm your beauty when you look in the mirror because you are so damn beautiful!! Do whatever it is that is going to make you feel beautiful!!! * How is your postpartum journey going? What is something affirming you can tell yourself today?? * * * #thebump #teamSELF #selflove #postpartum #motherhood #pregnantandperfect #inspirepregnancy #fitmomsofig #pregnantchicken #ig_motherhood #birthbecomesher #stopcensoringmotherhood #aheadofthecurve #bodypositivity #csection #scars #miraclesandmesses #LoveAnyBody #postpartumbody #fitness #loveyourself #postpartumdepression #tummytuck #triplets #motherhood #birthwithoutfear #nonairbrushedme #takebackpostpartum #effyourbeautystandards

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. 

This story first appeared on New Idea

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