(Closed) Stretch Mark Prevention?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My best friend swore by cocoa butter, so I’ll be doing the same thing soon enough.

Post # 18
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

It is genetic.  I honestly don’t think it can be prevented- if your mum had them, you likely will too.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

With 3 pregnancies, I tried every single stinkin’ lotion and cream marketed for stretch marks.  I tried just plain cocoa butter, shea butter, Bio Oil – everything!  Nothing worked in my case. 🙁

You usually don’t get stretch marks until the very end of the pregnancy when the baby is growing at a very fast rate.  I honestly think it’s the luck of the draw.

Post # 20
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@crayfish:  Thank you.  I always love your responses.

Post # 21
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had no stretch marks until 37 weeks. I literally woke up this past Saturday and saw a few very small ones near my navel. I used the Palmer’s lotion every day. I don’t really care that I have them. They will fade with time. No matter what any lotion brand tells you, nothing will prevent stretch marks. If you’re gonna get them, you’re gonna get them.

Post # 22
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@phoebephoebo: Yay! I love it. I feel like it’s a kept secret as I’d never heard of it before until a friend recommended it to me

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

As pp have said, it’s genetic. If you got stretch marks when you hit puberty (I did, and I’m a size 4–it wasn’t like I gained loads) you’ll probably get them in pregnancy. The only thing I’ve heard of that can actually make a difference is slow weight gain instead of rapid gain, but there’s not much you can do to prevent that when you’re growing a watermelon in 9 months! 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@moniquaa:  I have to be totally honest – it may not make a difference which cream you use. I used bio oil from the first trimester (very popular brand) but when I popped at about 25 weeks the stretch marks did too. My skin type is very stretch-marky though. If you haven’t got any now there is a good chance you might not end up with any, and, worst case scenario – they fade a lot. Moisturising is a good idea though and I will do it again this pregnancy to limit what damage I can 🙂

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m crossing my fingers that I don’t get them, so far I’m 28 weeks and none have popped up. But I do have some on the inside of my thighs that are kinda faded now from a growth spurt in my late teens. I like to use the Vitamin E body butter from The Body Shop, which also has shea butter and cocoa butter in it – I know stretch marks are genetics, but it does really help with my skin being so itchy from the combo of winter weather and it being so tight.

Post # 26
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I use a Suave cocoa butter and shea lotion after I shower evetry day – it’s cheap and it smells nice. But it’s really just to keep my skin moisturized because the PPs are right: there really isn’t any miracle lotion to prevent stretch marks. I already have them all over from puberty, because  I just have that type of skin. So I’m fully expecting a few new ones. 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

NO lotions and potions will prevent you from getting stretch marks since it is up to your genetics. 

However, I recommend that if you watch your weight gain (not too much at fast rate) and taking extra Vit E might help.  

I am 37wk and have blood relatives with severe and mild stretch marks but I don’t see them on me (so far – crossing fingers).  I have been diligently counting calories and nutritional vaules of what I eat throughout my pregnancy, especially after I was ordered to be bedrested at 20wk.  I have been doing light arm exercises while I was in bed.

 

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