How I Try to Prevent Stretch Marks

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prevent stretch marksLast week I received one of the best gifts a mama-to-be could get -- Earth Mama Body Butter and Natural Stretch Oil from Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics.

I'm freaking out about getting stretch marks. Just today in the bagel shop, a woman told me she was as big as I am right now when she was 7 months. I'm 16 weeks!

I have twins coming and my belly is growing fast, so I need to prep my skin for the growth spurts my babies and I will be having in the coming weeks. They will double their weight and grow inches in the next month.

So I've taken action (besides drinking lots of water) to keep stretch marks at a minimum and help my skin stay hydrated and not itchy! Moisturizing helps keep the elasticity in your skin -- great for growing bellies. Check out my daytime and nighttime belly rub rituals....

For daytime...

After my shower, I use Earth Mama Body Butter ($14.35) on my belly, breasts, and hips when my skin is still slightly wet -- it holds in the moisture best this way. But I don't just slop it on. My husband finds it kind of sexy, and I don't mean it to be, I just rub it in slow and I'm thinking about the babies when I am doing it. Sending them good vibes. It's a shea body butter, all natural of course, that smells really good too, light and clean. Plus it helps keep the itchies away all day.

For nighttime...

prevent stretch marksBefore bed, I use Natural Stretch Oil ($8.95) -- made with plant-based oils calendula and chamomile. It smells so good I might have to make it my signature scent even after pregnancy. Even though it's an oil, it absorbs well and isn't greasy. I slowly rub it in as well -- belly (as I talk or sing to the babies), breasts, hips -- and then I rub any excess on my elbows and arms...just because. I smell so good when I get into bed.

Both of these products are in the Pregnancy Pampering Kit ($39.95), along with Mama-to-Be Tea Sampler (love it!), Happy Feet (herbal foot soak for swollen feet), and Earth Mama Bottom Balm (put it in the fridge for hemorrhoid relief). Ahhh!

All natural, toxin-free great products, made from a mama for mamas -- thank you mama!

How do you keep your growing belly moisturized?

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nonmember avatar stretch marks

Hi there,
it is of prime importance to maintain your body weight and moisturize your skin on a regular basis. Dry skin is an indication of lack of elasticity, which enhances the scope of stretch marks to attack. It is of prime importance to maintain your body weight and moisturize your skin on a regular basis. Dry skin is an indication of lack of elasticity, which enhances the scope of stretch marks to attack.

Thanking You,
Shruti.

nonmember avatar M Fred


I'm pregnant now and one morning my husband says, "you should really make sure you put that cocoa butter all the way on the sides." 


 


I'm like "what?!?" and yes, sure enough, there were stretch marks radiatiing from my ribcage toward my belly, all the way around my front. It sort of looked like I got clawed by a tiger with about 40 toes, and each vertical mark was maybe 4 inches long. I went online that same day and bought the Dr Max Powers Stretch Mark Treatment, and applied it fatihfully several times a day to these new stretch marks for at least a week (now I remember only 2-3X/day). Now, about 4 weeks later, there is literally nothing there. 


 


I'm choosing to buy this Max Powers Stretch Mark cream since it seems like the best price per ounce, and if I notice new marks, I want to be well-armed to treat them as soon as possible. Dr Max Powers does say their product works best on new marks, and I can certainly vouch for its effectiveness in my case. I've also been continuing to use cocoa butter cream mixed with pure vitamin E oil from the healthfood store ($5 for a small vial). After a friend's doctor warned her not to use Vitamin E oil after varicose vein surgery, as the scars would heal too rapidly, I've been a believer in its powers.


Mark Tennis

My stretch marks were 10 months old - and nothing worked! I had used the regular mederma scar cream 4 weeks after delivery and it sort of worked, but smelled awful and could not wear it during the day.

I bought the Dr Max Powers Stretch Mark Treatment instead, and this cream is absorbed so much better by the skin, doesn't smell bad, it actually smells more like a lightly perfumed lotion. I have been using this for four weeks now and my stretch marks are so much better already, I think in 4 more weeks I should be able to get into a bikini (I have marks all across my stomach).

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