(Closed) Stretch marks remedy

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Candy_Nee:  The key is to just keep yourself greased up. Wear a crappy tank top underneath whatever shirt so you can put greasy stuff on.

Cocoa butter is rumored to work for stretch marks but there’s no real proof that anything works. Maybe try Bio Oil, though – I’ve heard good things about it.

I think the key for you will be to prevent new stretch marks. It seems like time only fades existing ones. I have some on my boobs from when I was developing. If I knew to put oil/creams on them at the time, I would have… but I was only 14!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m only ending my first tri but I started to use Palmer’s lotion for stretch marks. I’ve heard the key is also keeping ‘greased up’ as dry skin can cause stretch marks to worsen. Don’t forget the boobs! If I take after my mom I won’t get tummy ones but she says she still has some marks on her boobs and upper thighs from carrying me. Hope this helps. I loveee Palmer’s because it smells like a chocolate treat. 😛 

edit: there MAY be a difference in the two you already purchased, just read the labels and compare. I think the main difference between regular cocoa butter and the palmer’s made for stretch marks is the use of more emolients in the cream. It’s more specific to skin that is stretched but either will be good at hydrating. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have heard two things, so neither count as research. Take my anecdata for what you will:

1. Mederma, the OTC scar ointment, works well for stretch mark prevention.

2. Moisturize well because it certainly can’t hurt BUT…stretch marks have little to do with what you put on your skin. It’s deeper than moisturizer can penetrate, so if you’re destined to develop stretch marks, it’s going to happen despite your best efforts.

I hope someone comes along and debunks #2, ’cause I’d like it to not be true!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@annifer:  I’ve heard #2 is true, as well, and actually, the best thing you can do is DRINK WATER.  

Stretch marks are not totally external, and drinking water will hydrate your body from the inside out.  Plus, it’s good for you anyway.

In other news, my doctor told me that no one, EVER, should use cocoa butter while pregnant.  We had to see a prenatal cardiologist, who confirmed the same thing.  He praised me for not using it, in fact.  Cocoa butter has caffeine in it, which can raise your babies heartrate.  You’re better off using oils.

I’m 29w and luckily don’t have stretch marks YET.  I’ve been using burt’s bees Mama bee oil.  It feels so good!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@morkiemama:  thanks for sharing that info re cocoa butter, very interesting. 

@Candy_Nee:  How are you lady? Sadly, I second the “its genetic camp”. One of my tiniest fiends is covered in stretch marks from puberty, despite not huge changes in her body. The only thing I have heard makes an actual difference is staying super hydrated. Bio Oil (from my understanding) is for the treatment of scars, rather than the prevention, but being oiled up could only help (I guess). 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@morkiemama:  Cocoa butter doesn’t contain caffeine. It is the pure fat of the cocoa bean that’s left over after the cocoa solids (the part that DOES include caffeine) is removed.

Further, even if it did contain caffeine, it certainly would not have a significant effect when applied topically and I can’t imagine it would negatively affect a fetus – especially when women are told that up to 200 mg of caffeine/day taken orally is safe. I’ve heard the cocoa butter warnings are, unforuntaly, an old wives’ tale that some doctors have mistakenly proliferated.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@morkiemama:  Cocoa butter doesn’t contain caffeine. It’s the pure fat that’s left behind after the cocoa solids (the part that DOES contain caffeine) is removed.

Further, even if it did contain caffeine, the amount that could be absorbed by the fetus, when applied topically, would be next to none. I can’t imagine it being any real risk given that women are told that we can have up to 200mg/day of caffeine taken orally.

Unforunately, according to my research, this is false information that has been mistakenly proliferated by some doctors.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@hergreenapples:  Was just about to say this too!  

 

All the creams in the world will do your skin good, but won’t prevent stretch marks.  Sorry bees.  Stretch marks occur in the skin, internally.  It’s mostly genetic and luck.  But slathering up doesn’t hurt so if it makes you feel like you’re doing *something* then go for it.

Post # 12
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1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Candy_Nee:  Doing great. We have our NT scan tonight. I am nervous but also so excited to see baby!!! Good Luck oiling up your bump! (ewwww, that sounded kind of off!) 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@hergreenapples:  I read that same thing, but when a perinatal cardiologist was the third doctor to tell me that, I’d much rather be safe than sorry.  I was using cocoa butter in the beginning, and the babies heartrate was elevated.  I stopped using it, and ever since, the heartrate has been normal.  It doesn’t seem worth it to me for a cream.  There are a million other things out there, and none of them are actually proven effective at preventing stretch marks.  

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@morkiemama:  I totally understand taking your doctor’s advice. Not trying to dissuade you there!

I just wanted to quell the flow of misinformation that, unfortunately, even doctors spread sometimes. Correlation =/= causation.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’ve been using Palmer’s stretch mark cream since after his birth. I have some oil stuff I was gifted that I used while pregnant.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

35 weeks here and so far no stretch marks. My mom and sister had them. Used baby oil before getting out of shower and drank lots of water. Watched what I ate…. that’s about it….

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