which stretch mark cream are you using?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
4511 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m pretty sure they don’t work…. it’s based on genetics, and there isn’t really anything you can do.

Post # 4
1414 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve been using pure coconut oil. I’m 38 weeks pregnant and just a couple days ago noticed my first stretch mark on my side. So far my belly is stretch mark free. 🙂

Post # 6
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@pittgirl4:  They say it is more so based on gentics. My mom didn’t have them, so I don’t anticipate getting them.

However, I do have stretch marks from years of losing weight and gaining it back. I use Palmers cocoa butter. I had bought a really specialty kind called Spoiled Mama tummy butter, but honestly, if it is mostly based off of genetics, why spend a lot of money on lotion? That’s why I ended up using Palmers. I really love it, and so far as good, but I am only in week 26, so it’s a bit too early to know for sure if its working.

If anything, even if it doesn’t work, I still feel good using it. I use it on my belly, breasts, thighs, hips, and butt. It keeps my skin moisturized, and it is a good opportunity for me to inspect my body for any concerns. Plus I feel sort of motherly? using it. Sounds cheesy and hard to explain but I do like using it.

Post # 7
8503 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s mostly genetics but I figure there isn’t any harm in trying.  I think it also helps to keep hydrated as much as it does to use lotions/creams.  My mom didn’t get any, even with twins, but I have a few on my hips from growing up.

I use some coconut oil in the shower (I also use it for other things) and I have some of the Earth Mama Angel Baby stretch oil that I use after I shower.  I just use my regular lotion everywhere else.  I’m almost 28 weeks but I’m not really big yet…so if I get any, I don’t think it will be until the end.  At the very least, I haven’t had any itchy skin that pregnant women can get.

I prefer oils to lotion for super dry skin so that’s why I went with those.

Post # 8
4468 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@pittgirl4:  Palmers cocoa butter- it’s great! It really keeps skin moisturized so my tummy isn’t itchy (gets itchy if skin is too dry). 

Post # 9
1563 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mama Mio Belly Butter and Oil along with Vitamin E Lotion. 36 weeks and no stretchies yet…. (oh please, let it stay this way!)

Post # 10
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My cousin who had no stretch marks recommended a combo of Rocky Mountain Soap Company Belly Butter (in a stick like deodorant) and Weleda Stretch mark oil.  I’m using both and trying to keep it “sealed in” with a belly band at night.  Also remember that you can get stretch marks on your lower back (I never knew…).

I can’t stand the smell of Palmer’s so these are kind of herbally/fresh scented and much more appealing to me.  I figure why not give it a shot… at least I tried.  I use laura mercier body cream and coconut oil everywhere else so this isn’t really anything new to add to my routine.

Post # 11
7194 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I will add that I used Palmers concentrated cream and still ended up with a TON of stretch marks. I started getting the stretch marks early on too when I was still pretty small.

Post # 12
3778 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@red_rose:  +1

but if if makes you feel better I’ve heard good things about the palmers stuff mentioned by other posters

Post # 13
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

i’m using a combo of Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter (morning and night) and parlmers stertch mark cream 1x during the day (at work)

I hope it works… my mom used Palmers throughout her pregnancy and said it worked for her, she used 3x a day as well.

I’ve heard stretch marks are genetic, however i also feel like its perventative/make it better, like acne… if you mosturize your skin well enough it will not endure as much while stretching therefore elimanting AT LEAST SOME stretch marks…. i guess to each thier own, but i at least want to feel like i did my part and i still end up with stretch marks, at least i tried 🙂

Post # 14
3989 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Right now I’m using Palmers Cocoa Butter.  But I also have MamaMio’s Tummy Rub which I’ll start using when I actually start showing!

Post # 15
3119 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My sister used BioOil and had no stretch marks. Even if they are genetic, I know that these oils and creams can help with the discomfort and itchiness associated with growing bellies and stretching skin. 

Post # 16
1125 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I used sweet almond oil with both pregnancies (less than 2 years between pregnancies), and no stretch marks here.

I also drank lots of water, ate healthy and remained active in order to avoid gaining too much weight, although no matter what you do, you can’t completely control how much you body wants to gain.

I know many people say it’s genetics and that you can,t do anything to prevent stretchmarks but my take on it is that it can’t hurt to massage oil on my body so why not give it a try? Everyone that I know who tried it has no stretchmark either. So it may be a coincidence, or just anecdotal evidence, but it’s enough for me to say you should give it a try.

I was terrified of stretchmarks because I already had lots on my breasts and thighs from puberty so I was sure I’d be getting them all over. But none appeared whatsoever.

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