Post # 1
How is everyone doing? I just turned 3 months last week and I was thinking about what would be a good creme for stretch marks and at how many weeks do you start using it. This is my first baby. So exciting 😉
Post # 3
I think genetics plays a larger role than anything else in determining whether or not you’ll end up with stretch marks 🙁
I used argan oil anyway. I didn’t get any stretch marks until the last month of pregnancy and they’re mostly faded back to white again (6mo pp) but not completely gone yet.
Congrats on the pregnancy!!
Post # 4
Dont know about the baby thing. But “stretch away” helped me get rid of mine on my legs. Took 7 months of use however.
Post # 5
I don’t know much about pregnancy, but I do know that bio-oil works for stretch marks. I know a few guys that use it when their arms get stretch marks from working out.
Post # 6
@KIKI25: Fortunately and unfortunately, genetics play more of a role. I have been using Spoiled Mommy Tummy Butter. I can’t say it is helped or hasn’t though as I am not quite big enough to develop stretch marks. I guess I do it in the hopes that I won’t develop any by using it. Plus it is something I do for me in the morning to keep my skin smooth.
My mom didn’t have stretch marks while pregnant, so genetics should work in my favor. However, I already have faded stretch marks from years of losing and gaining weight, so I am unsure what my fate will be with it.
Post # 7
@mumkin: +1 to bio-oil. I use it and it lightened my strech marks considerably on my hips. It takes a couple of months but it definitely works!
Post # 8
I am currently 37 weeks and no stretch marks yet. My mom had tons, but they made an appearance by 28 weeks. I’m hoping I take after my dad’s side of the family, where none of the women got stretch marks. As for cream, I have been using just a generic vitamin E cream.
Post # 9
Up until this month, I used Dr. Hauschka Body Oil, but it is really expensive ($28 for 2.5 oz which lasts about 3 months). This month I’ve just been using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy oil. No stretch marks to date, but my mom and sister didn’t get them either so I also believe in the genetics side to it. Even still, I think keeping your body moisturized with oil really helps.
Post # 10
In addition to creams, you can also focus on what you’re eating to help prevent stretch marks/tearing. Make sure you are getting plenty of healthy fats (olive/coconut oil, avocado, almonds, etc.), and lots of vitamins A, B’s, C, E, and K (from fruits and veggies, not just from your prenatal vitamins). The vitamins and fats will help with your skin elasticity. I’m 38 weeks and haven’t had any stretch marks yet. I also haven’t used any creams or done anything different externally to my belly.
Post # 11
I think part of it (other than genetics and some luck) is also how dry the climate you live is.
I’d just keep your tummy slathered in something greasy. That’s what my mom did and she didn’t get any marks with either of her pregnancies.
Palmer’s makes cocoa butter lotions and oils especially for pregnancy.. you may want to try those. If you can find lanolin, that may be good as well.
Post # 12
I’ve read that drinking TONS of water is actually one of the best things you can do!
Post # 13
THanks ladies I’ll take the comments to consideration. 😉
Post # 14
@KIKI25: As many people said there hasnt been anything to actually prove that it prevents stretch marks but given all the evidence that coconut oil does for other item
I use coconut oil (the old school raw cold pressed kind that is used in the kitchen) to help try prevent stretch marks.
Coconut oil has A LOT of natural healing properties that are proven so while nothing has been proven to prevent stretch marks (its really hard to test) I think this would have the best chances of doing that.
I also plan on using/trying it as a nipple cream for nursing (baby safe) and as a first attempt to cure any yeast diaper rash if it occurs.
I have been using it in place of regular face moisturizer as well and I noticed a huge improvement in my complexion.
The big item on this link is the Wound Healing that relates to stretch marks
Coconut has been used for wound healing since time immemorial. Three of the identified mechanisms behind these healing effects are its ability to accelerate re-epithelialization, improve antioxidant enzyme activity, and stimulate higher collagen cross-linking within the tissue being repaired.
[iii] Coconut oil has even been shown to work synergistically with traditional treatments, such as silver sulphadizine, to speed burn wound recovery.
Post # 15
@ThreeMeers: I have been using coconut oil on my belly too and so far I don’t have any stretch marks! I’ve also been putting it on my legs because my skin was really dry. I basically use it for all of my skin ailments lately lol.
I’ve heard that it’s good for diaper rashes too and that you can use it to prevent cracked nipples when you’re breast feeding.
Post # 16
@As_You_Wish: knock on wood, no stretch marks at 37.5 weeks!
I used coconut oil when my puppy had a yeast infection on her tail and girly area. It worked like a charm!