Ashley Darby Shows Her Bare Baby Bump: Stretch Marks Are a "Badge of Honor"

Ashley Darby Shows Her Bare Baby Bump: Stretch Marks Are a "Badge of Honor"

The Real Housewives of Potomac mama-to-be is staying open and candid about her pregnancy.

By Adele Chapin

Ashley Darby's baby bump is "growing right along!" At least that's what The Real Housewives of Potomac's mama-to-be said in an Instagram post showing off her bump as she heads into her third trimester. Ashley's been taking us along during her pregnancy via Instagram, chronicling her maternity style and how she's been feeling too. 

Ashley's road to motherhood included many challenges, and she was in a reflective mood yesterday. "I sincerely appreciate the wonderful messages that you send me," she wrote in the caption of her snap with her baby bump. "I am incredibly blessed to be in this position and get to interact with so many amazing people. It is truly a blessing and I'm thankful every single day. Much love and light to you all."

RHOP's Monique Samuels (now a mom of three!) wrote to Ashley: "OK it looks like baby Darby popped out overnight. Literally! You weren't sticking out like that yesterday."

Ashley took the time to write back to Monique, and to many other commenters — including someone who asked what her secret is for preventing stretch marks. Ashley responded with a positive message: "Women in my family have previously had stretch marks so I'm not sure what predicts the occurrence. I religiously use oil and the Palmer's stretch mark cream. I mean, 4-5 times per day, and that's mainly because I itch all the time! Either way, stretch marks are an incredible badge of honor."

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