How I Try to Prevent Stretch Marks
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....
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.
Before 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?