(Closed) Can we talk stretch marks?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’ve been slathering on BioOil (from Walgreens/CVS) like  a mofo since my BFP. At 22 weeks I got my first stretch mark. 🙁 I now have 2 on each side of my belly button at 26 weeks. My mom also got lots, so I’m hoping I can keep them to a minimum.

Post # 4
4416 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The story I’ve heard is that the marks themselves are genetics, but slathering yourself with whatever oil/lotions you can find will at least help with your own peace of mind (“I did all I could!”) and with the itching that accompanies the stretching. I’ve been putting 100% Shea butter on daily — I bought it from a lady who had severe burns and skin grafts over large parts of her body, and she said she’d been using it and it had actually dramatically reduced the appearance of her burn scars. Since burn scars > stretch marks in severity, I figure I’m on the right track! 20 weeks, no stretching yet — fingers crossed.

Post # 5
2402 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve been using palmers cocoa butter every day. I’m 30 weeks and no stretch marks (yet!). My mom never got any with my sister or I, so I’m hoping genetics are on my side.

Post # 6
1214 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

I used any and everything under the sun with my daughter.  I still got them towards the end.  They were purple and blue.  Withing a year they were gone – you can “feel” them if you touch but can’t see them at all.  And my skin went back to nice and tight and thin after my daughter was born, so it isnt like my skin stretched out to the point where it couldn’t go back.

Post # 7
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Miss Damask:  from what I understand, moderate and gradual weight gain helps a lot. I’m at 24 weeks now and none yet. I’m expecting a few, since my Mom has them, but she also had two kids, and didn’t have as healthy a diet as I do. Also, i take oils internally and have been using shea belly butter since the beginning.

Post # 8
1572 posts
Bumble bee

My dermatologist said that none of the lotions/oils will help prevent and that if I am going to get them, I’m gonna get them regardless. They started showing up under my nipples and around my belly button in the mid 3rd-trimester and now at nearly 37 weeks they are SUPER painful on my belly D: but I used the Palmers Stretch mark massage cream and Avon’s Stretch mark smoother everyday, and I do think they help somewhat minimize the appearance of them. I had used the Avon stuff on my puberty stretch marks on my hips and they are not very noticeable at all, so hopefully they can help the appearance of what I am assuming is going to be a pretty gross post-partum belly!

Post # 9
4355 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@mtnhoney:  I wish that helped me! I’m almost 37 weeks and only up about 20lbs which was gained extremely slowly (no gain until halfway through my 2nd tri and very slowly after that) and I still got em 🙁

I used various different oils, butters and lotions (I rotated incase one worked and one didn’t haha) and I had none all the way up to 30 weeks! I was so excited and then bam, one day I got out of the shower and 2 very light little ones were there. Since then I’ve been blessed with more, and they’ve gotten a little darker too.

My mom got them, and I got some in puberty so I expected them but I still got a false sense of hope when at 29-30 weeks I still didn’t have any. I’m just continuing my oiling/lotioning to try and keep them as tame as I can and I will continue after pregnancy to encourage them to lighten up and hopefully not be too annoying. They aren’t all over though, they are just under my belly button.


Post # 10
1125 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

There isn’t much you can do about them but DON’T SCRATCH when you start getting them, it will be difficult but I’ve been told it makes them worse. Mine didn’t start popping out (or in should I say) until the third trimester

I’m not going to sugar coat it, mine were B-A-D

It took about 3 years but they are hardly noticable any more. They say those micro needles work (for after you have the baby) but I haven’t tried them

Post # 11
9057 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I slathered cocoa butter every day and am still 4 pounds under my starting weight at 29 weeks pregnant, and yet… I’m covered in stretch marks.  All over my stomach, all over my boobs.  I’m super fair skinned, so just hoping they’ll fade.

Post # 12
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have stretch marks from puberty so I assume I’ll get them while pregnant. I’m currently 28 weeks and I don’t have any yet! I use coconut oil in the shower, palmers lotion in the morning plus thcompare concentrated cream just on my belly. At night I put the coconut oil all over. It’s kinda gross but so far it’s working!

Post # 13
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

There isn’t any scientific evidence that the creams work.  I think the fact that they market themselves as stretch mark cream is false advertising and relies on people buying and using it “just in case” it might work.  For what its worth, I didn’t use anything and didn’t get any stretch marks.  I thought I would because I have stretch marks from when I was a teen going through puberty. Apparently, the older you are, the lower the risk of getting them.


Post # 14
779 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant

@Miss Damask:  DO NOT SCRATCH!!!!!!  I was stretch mark free up until 8 months when I brokke out in a rash on my belly.  I wasn’t scratching during the day but my fiance said i would scratch in my sleep so BAM! I got hit with stretch marks.  All you can do is try to keep your skin extra hydrated and hope for the best.

Post # 15
5407 posts
Bee Keeper

I am not pregnant but I recently gained a little bit of weight (not much) but I have some connective tissue problems so I am very prone to them and I started using this based on all the good reviews and the fact it’s natural stuff:




I found it at whole foods. I can’t say whether it’s working yet for sure but I think it’s helpful. 


Post # 16
2905 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have stretch marks on my hips from years of losing and gaining extreme amounts of weight when I was little (from being sick, not diets) but none on my boobs. My Mum doesn’t have any from her pregnancies so I wonder if I will get them on my belly too?

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