(Closed) Best Thing for Preventing Belly Stretch Marks?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
1541 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I didn’t get any stretch marks. I didn’t use any lotions and I gained so much weight like 65 lbs. I think it’s luck. 

Post # 17
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015


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Mdmc :  genetics arent that simple. You have a long line of ancestors that your genes could have come from. 

I have stretch marks at 20 weeks, no weight gain as of yet and have moisturized daily. If you are going to get them you will. 

Post # 18
3244 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Yep, it’s primarily genetics and what you’re predisposed to. If you have any from growing as a teenage that is a pretty good sign you’d get some more too. 

I use Bio Oil which is very greasy, but my sisters swear by it. So either the oil or our genetics will hopefully work in my favor, lol. I’m 34 weeks and nothing yet (knock on wood). 

Post # 19
3088 posts
Sugar bee

I used nothing and didn’t get stretch marks with my two kids.It is primarily genetic but my mom and sister were loaded with stretch marks so there is that.I really believe the key is how slow you gain weight/how big you get.

Post # 20
9800 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Another vote for just genetics and keeping the area moisturized.  I did use the earth mama angel baby oil a lot with my first.  I would recommend it- nice and moisturizing and the smell didn’t bother me.  But I didn’t use it very much with my second pregnancy, I just had some leftover on hand.  I didn’t get stretch marks with either pregnancy but I know I can get them since I have some on my hips and thighs from puberty.  I’m guessing it just helped that I am tall (6′) and have enough room to carry baby (long torso as well) that I didn’t get super huge in my tummy.  Consistently measured 2 weeks or so behind with my last baby, sometimes more (he came out about 50% for weight and height).  I gained plenty of weight, 43lbs with #1 and about 50lbs with #2.

Post # 21
1036 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I used bio-oil. I hear it doesn’t really work, but I only got two stretch marks, right around my belly button where I likely missed rubbing the oil. If nothing else, it helped with the itchy belly.


Genetics probably help too.

Post # 22
11050 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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ohhsnap : I’ve been using almond oil throught pregnancy and touch wood I have no stretch marks. 

Post # 23
2035 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

No stretch marks so far at 26.5 weeks! Using Rocky Mountain Soap Co.’s belly butter. It’s awesome, doesn’t smell strong, and isn’t sticky or oily after you put it on. Obsessed 🙂

Belly Body Butter

Post # 24
1196 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Its genetics.  I got terrible ones.  My sister is tiny and hasn’t even been pregnant yet and she has them from growing.  I think you are going to get them if you’re going to get them.  Keeping moisturized and hydrated and not gaining excessive weight will minimize the amount you’ll get but if you’re going to get them, then you are going to get them.

Post # 25
5842 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I used bio-oil and didn’t get any but it probably has more to do with genetics and putting on weight gradually. It was annoying in that it took awhile to dry/absorb.

Post # 26
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i hear stretch marks were hereditary. some get them, some dont. 

i used cocoa butter, every now and then. my husband hated the smell.  i gained 25lbs and didn’t get any stretch marks.

Post # 27
1971 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Another vote for coconut oil (and genetics) I am pretty thin and gained about 40lbs. I slathered myself with coconut oil every morning and night and did not get stretch marks. I didn’t get any during puberty either so I think that’s a good hint at what pregnancy would be like. 

Im a huge advocate for natural lotions during pregnancy as our skin absorbs quite a lot and most lotions have horrible chemicals in them. 

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