(Closed) When to start using products against stretchmarks?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper

i want to know about this too. i am 4 months now and haven’t started anything so i should get  on it!  someone told me that avoiding hot showers in the last weeks of your pregnancy is good for not getting bad stretch marks. I have no idea if its true or not, but i am willing to try!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

There is nothing really to prevent strech marks.  There are all kinds of products to old wise tales but in all reality you will get strech marks small or big just depends on your body and how big that baby gets. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I used it as soon as I got my BFP. So far i have very minimal stretchmarks (if any) and im 39w2d. Congrats!!

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@JurisPrudence:  Oh I agree hence why said you really can’t prevent them, they will show up sometimes small sometimes big.  You can definately try to minimze them but prevent them no… Just depends on how well your body handles being pregnant and how your body handles streching of the tummy

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

I know that you can’t really do anything to prevent them, but I still try anyway :o) 

I’ve been using the coco butter since about month 2. I wanted to try to get a head start, and so far at almost 23 weeks, I don’t have any (knock on wood). I’ve also gained about 10-12 pounds very gradually, so I’m hoping the slow weight gain has also been helpful. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@JurisPrudence:  I use a generic brand cocoa butter cream. I got bad stretch marks on my thighs from puberty alone so I know I am prone to them!! But who knows after i give birth they may show up alot more and I just couldnt see them! It is really hard to see around this huge belly!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

When I checked PubMed for medical research on the topic, there were a few randomized controlled studies (the best kind of study) showing that cocoa butter had no effect on stretch marks.  To be honest, I think selling cocoa butter as stretch mark cream is false advertising and a bit of a scam.  If I wanted to keep my belly hydrated I’d just use regular skin cream, which is cheaper.  From what I understand, the known risk factors for the development of stretch marks are genetics, age, weight gain, and skin pigment.  Unfortunately, not much can be done apart from, arguably, gaining a healthy weight (which is good for other reasons as well, obviously).

 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I know logically there really isn’t anything to do to prevent them, but I like to feel like I’m trying to do SOMETHING. 

After I take a bath/shower, I use “Mother’s Special Blend” – http://www.amazon.com/Mothers-Special-Blend-Toning-Ounces/dp/B0001AF6Q2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338311059&sr=8-1

Then at night I use “Mama Bee Belly Butter” – http://www.amazon.com/Mama-Bee-Belly-Butter-Lotion/dp/B004W24LI4/

 

@blondy – I don’t know what type of cocoa butter you’re buying, but it’s dirt cheap! Much cheaper than other lotions. Cocoa butter is my “regular skin cream” http://www.amazon.com/Queen-Helene-Lotion-Cocoa-Butter/dp/B000EGOG46/

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

Stretchmarks are genetic, some people get them and some people don’t. I slathered myself in bio-oil and cocoa butter and my belly still look like a roadmap….

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i was free of them until i was 36 weeks urgh lol i actually bought the Medela stretch mark lotion i used it for a couple of weeks and then totally forgot about itUndecided My babygirl is 11 months this weekend and my stretchmarks on my tummy by my bellybutton have completely faded away, but my stretchmarks on my sides havent. so ehh i dont know

 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@abbyful:  I’m not buying any 🙂  If it is cheaper than other creams, all the better!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

ASAP, from what I’ve heard it helps your skin stretch if you use it before you get big.  But then there’s moms who said they used them, but still got stretch marks.  I say it doesn’t hurt to put it on, then regret not putting it on.  I try to put it on twice a day, I also use the oil as well, after I get out of the shower.  I got zero stretch marks with #1, not sure how round two is gonna go.  I’ve grown alot quicker this time around. 

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