Post # 1
So I am only 6 1/2 weeks and clearly not showing but I’m wondering when it would be best to start slathering the cream on? Should I wait until I am starting to grow or start before then? What has your experience been? Also, what did you find was the best cream?
Post # 3
So, unfortunately, stretch marks are genetic and it won’t matter how much cream or oil you slather on. Of course, that absolutely did not stop me from moisturizing every day. I started as soon as I found out i was pregnant. I just use the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter.
Post # 4
Like @2PeasinaPod: in a pod mentioned, stretch marks are genetic & can not be prevented by creams. With that being said, I still put something on my belly each morning & night after showering. Usually, it’s Palmer’s cocoa butter, but I have also used Jergen’s lotion. lol!
Post # 5
@2PeasinaPod: & @MARIE901: are right, you can’t prevent those stretch marks with creams. But when my stomach started to grow & stretch my skin got very itchy! So I’ve been using thick, buttery lotions after showers to keep the skin hydrated and non-itchy. I didn’t buy any special pregnancy lotion, I just used stuff I already had (from Bath & Body Works).
Post # 6
@mowi322: Yes! Holy itchy, Batman!
The lotions definitely helped with the itching!
Post # 7
I’m 35 weeks. I only started noticing stretch marks about a week or two ago. I knew that they were coming because my mom has them. Palmer’s cocoa butter is working really well, probably better than the Mother’s oil I received in my second trimester. I’m using the Palmer’s concentrated belly cream and Aveeno night cream all over.
Post # 8
Totally agree with the other girls, stretch marks are genetic. No amount of cream will prevent them. But I also lathered it on everyday ha ha. I too used the Palmers cocoa butter with no scent for pregancy that has the image of the pregnant belly on it. Just start using it now as your regular lotion.
I was so excited I thought I didn’t have any stretch marks but that was because I couldn’t see them. I had three small lines under my big pregnant belly that I didn’t see till after baby was born. Ohh well they are hardly visible.
Post # 9
I agree with the others about genetics but the lotions really help with itchy skin! (What they don’t tell you is that they continue to itch after delivery! Gah!)
Post # 10
Thanks for the feedback. I had no idea it was genetic. Hmmm…. I better ask my mom and grandmother about this then…
Post # 11
I just saw this thread. I’m not pregnant, but I have stretch marks. My mom doesn’t have them and I was frustrated when I noticed I got them after my big teenage growth spurt. Ugh!
Post # 12
Definitely agree with PPs, they’re genetic (although my mom’s first pregnancy was a twin pregnancy, so I think she would have gotten them regardless, and her mom “doesn’t talk about such things!” so I have no idea if I’ll get them–37 weeks and haven’t yet) but lotion helps SO MUCH with the itchiness! I also think drinking a ton of water helps keeps skin hydrated and elastic, which has to help, right? Or at least can’t hurt. Plus you should anyway.
Post # 13
I started sometime in the late second early third trimester.
I didnt get any !! Thanks genes!
Post # 14
I have started already at 16 weeks. I have been slathering myself with oil before I get out of the shower and have been putting lotion on. It really helps with the itchiness!!! Water is said to help prevent stretch marks also, but I have been mainly drinking alot of that because I am so thirsty.