posted 9 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

You need oil like coconut, jojoba, or almond. Mix with lotion and keeps the skin hydrated. 

Post # 3
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

There’s really not a lot you can do – its mostly genetic and whilst you can moisturise til the cows come home, it’s just one of those things. If it helps, my breasts basically stayed the same size from the start of the pregnancy to the end so that might be all theyll increase to. Congratulations!

Post # 4
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2017 - France

I think it’s mostly genetics because I didn’t use anything at all during my pregnancy and I didn’t get any stretch marks. The few stretch marks I do have are pre-pregnancy and post-pregnancy when I gained some weight.

Post # 5
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - City, State

I already have stretch marks from losing weight years ago but they’re white now from being so old so I’m definitely trying to prevent new ones from forming… I agree it’s mostly genetic but I’m 16 weeks and haven’t noticed any new ones yet. I use “mothers special blend”, you can buy it on amazon and it’s not crazy expensive. My pregnant friends sweared by it so fingers crossed! I always put it on after a shower as the extra moisture helps lock the lotion in. Good luck and congrats!  

Post # 6
2794 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Stretch marks are genetic – all the creams in the world won’t help them.

that said, they do fade very quickly. After a few months mine were barely noticeable. 

Post # 7
2477 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

They are genetic. I’ve never been overweight or lost weight and I got them on my butt when I hit puberty at 11. I was always very thin but they came with my period. When my sister was pregnant she got through her whole pregnancy without getting any and then they all showed up literally days before she gave birth. Unfortunately it’s just genetics but creams and oils are supposed to help the itching and desire to scratch your skin.

Post # 8
169 posts
Blushing bee

Like everyone else has mentioned, as far as I know stretch marks are genetic. That said, I know stretch marks are accompanied by itchiness, I’m not as far along as you are, and don’t have any stretch marks yet, but I have noticed my skin has been dry and itchy, so I’ve been using a tissue oil to moisturise my skin and prevent the itichiness. 

Post # 9
1791 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I used the burts bees oil and didn’t get any stretch marks, but it might be all genetic anyways 

Post # 10
6806 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

Stretchmarks are genetic. Nothing you can do. You either get them or you don’t.

Post # 11
839 posts
Busy bee

Whether they’re genetic or not (or perhaps some degree of combination), creams are definitely worth it for the comfort factor. Around 20 wks my belly was feeling very tight and itchy, so I started using Burt’s Bees Mama Belly Butter every day right after a shower and it was perfect…very long lasting. I didn’t get any stretch marks which was pretty remarkable considering that my mom has many from pregnancy, and we basically have the same skin type…can’t say for sure it was the cream, though. 

Anyway, the idea is that you’ll want deep penetrating oils (jojoba, avacado, soybean, and especially almond) rather than ones like coconut oil which just remain on the surface of the skin. The Burt’s Bees cream has almond oil as well as shae butter and other nice oils…a good variety all in one 🙂 

Anyway, like I said, there’s no guarantee but it doesn’t hurt to give it a shot, and it feels great either way. 

Post # 12
1129 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

They’re genetic. Creams will help the itchiness but not if you’ll get them or not. I got some on my boobs first pregnancy which have faded now. Didn’t get any there second pregnancy but got a few on the side of my stomach but they were small and have pretty much faded now. Anything that feels good on your skin will help keep it comfortable as it stretches. I didn’t personally like cocoa butter because of the smell so I used anything else I had around. 

Post # 13
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - United Kingdom

Why it doesn’t let me reply to this post yell Lierac Phytolastil Gel !!! I didn’t personally use it but my best friend and sister used it. Definitely helps

Post # 13
9811 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

splishsplash :  I think they are genetic and you probably can’t do much to prevent them.  Your best bet might be to not gain too much weight but I know sometimes that is even out of your control.  I used some oils but I’m not sure that they really did much except prevent itchiness or dry skin.  I did not get any stretch marks at all from two pregnancies but I do have some on my hips and thighs from puberty.  I gained a decent amount of weight (43lbs and 50lbs) but I think I am tall enough to carry it (6′) with a long torso so I never got super enormous in my tummy area.  Plenty of weight went to my hips and thighs.  I think I just got lucky having plenty of room for baby.  Carried both to 41weeks without much discomfort.  My boobs never grew that much (maybe one cup size).  If it helps, your boobs will probably go to shit anyway after pregnancies regardless of stretch marks lol just from the repeated growth/shrinkage.  I don’t have stretch marks but they definitely don’t look like my pre-pregnancy boobs at all.

Post # 14
356 posts
Helper bee

Never been pregnant but my body is pretty susceptible to stretch marks. Nothing really can prevent it in my case. But they also fade and you can’t really see them anymore unless you were up in my chest or something. I am 30 and having to just learn to accept them and be patient while they fade (which is not easy). When I started getting them… they were on my chest when I hit puberty… they freaked me out cause I had no idea what they were… found out its normal.

Just keep doing what you are doing with plenty of water. You may not be able to prevent them but you can definitely get the fading process going faster by exfoliation with a light scrub and good lotions and oils… Which I would wait to do after the fact. 

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