Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2012 - W Hotel Silicon Valley
Hello Bees! Can anyone recommend a good lotion/body butter/etc. for stretch mark prevention (preferably one that also smells good)? I’ve been using my regular Philosophy lotion so far, but I’m seeing a lot of things targeted toward pregnant moms, which seem to be more expensive and I’m wondering if they’re any different?
I’m looking for budget friendly products, and while don’t want to spend a TON, if there’s an amazing product that is on the more expensive side, I’d like to atleast look into it! Any recommendations/info would be appreciated!
Post # 3
I’m still in the early stages of my first trimester, so I can’t say if it’s working or not, but my friend has recommended a product called Mother’s Special Blend and she swears up and down it’s amazing and way better than just plain coconut oil or other oils. She looks pretty good after her baby so this is what I’m using. I don’t use a ton at a time IMO but I do apply it all over and it stays all day. I don’t use additional lotion on top.
I purchased mine at a local health food store that charged $18/bottle but next round, I’m getting it online as quite a few retailers charge less than that.
Post # 4
Apparently it doesn’t really matter as its genetic. I would just go with what you like and not worry about it since you can’t prevent them. I use an unscented vitamin E cream But I’m not very good about it. Haven’t gotten any yet at 37 1/2 weeks.
Post # 5
@moniquaa: I’ve never been pregnant, but I’ve read a lot on all natural shea butter working wonders for stretch marks or blemishes of any kind. I’ve been using it for discoloration on my skin and it’s fading it so well and so much better than cocoa butter! It has a lot of great vitamins in it so I’m assuming that’s what is making the difference. I bought a big tub of it for like $5.99.
Post # 6
I’ve also heard that genetics is the biggest factor in whether or not you’ll get stretch marks. That said, I’m not leaving anything to chance and have been using organic moroccan argan oil every night from about 14ish weeks on. I’m going to be 34 weeks this Friday and don’t have any stretch marks yet. Well, I have those teeny faint white ones on my ‘love handle’ area, but nothing on my belly at all.
Post # 7
If you are going to get them, you are going to get them. Believe me, if there was something that legitmately worked, we’d ALL know about it.
A word of caution about trying new lotions while pregnant. Your skin is extra sensitive and you might end up with a nasty full body rash if the lotion doesn’t agree with you. It was not pleasant for me!!
You can always get laser treatment if the stretch marks don’t fade to your liking after the fact.
Post # 8
Nothing has been medically proven to prevent stretch marks. It’s all marketing and old wives tales. A skin cream can’t prevent the stretching of connective tissue under your skin – that’s what stretch marks actually are. It’s all genetics.
Post # 9
There is nothing really that will prevent them. As PP said it is genetics and pretty much how much your tummy will strech when you have a little one.
Post # 10
@Galang_Gyal: Shea butter is amazing. I totally agree.
Post # 11
Bio oil I’ve heard is great. I use it for my op scars and occasionally use it on my face as it rehydrates so is anti-ageing
Post # 12
Its up to genetics. My OB told me the best way to avoid them was to keep my weight gain slow and steady and stay hydrated. Otherwise its just luck.
Post # 13
@moniquaa: try spoiledmama’s
Post # 14
Another vote here for Bio Oil. I don’t have any delusions that it’s actually preventing, but I hope it might help with the severity and fading if/when I do get them. I’m 27 weeks and so far don’t have any though I can tell where they’ll be if I do get them.
Post # 15
I am not sure if what I did actually helped. My mom and sister both got stretchmarks, so I was pretty surprised I did not get a single one.
I drank a ton of water and put on baby oil everytime I got done in the shower, the baby oil idea came from a friend of mine that said, “People say its genetics, bulls*** you rub that oil all over you everyday! I did and I did not get a single one!”
I doubt she was right but thanks to her, I practically poured that stuff all over myself…. I also tried not to gain too much weight so I was pretty careful about what I ate. Thats really all I did. I would rub jergens all over myself, but thats mainly because I itched like crazy!