(Closed) which stretch mark cream are you using?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Of course getting stretch marks is a genetic thing, I’ve been mixing curell and sweet almond oil and spreading that over my stomach, legs, and arms every morning and evening. I have no stretch marks at 37 weeks (but my mom didn’t get any, so that is probably why), but more importantly, I haven’t gotten the itchy pregnant belly, and my legs are itch free (first winter ever of itch free legs!).

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Strivectin SD, it’s pricey, but it helped mine a lot. I got them very late, around 36 weeks. Also, if you have a Dillards locally, you can ask for free sample packs. Ulta sells small sample tubes around $15.

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve been using The Honest Co. Organic Belly Balm basically since I found out I was pregnant! I really want to get some of the Earth Mama cream too.

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Christy42213:  yes, it is genetic but remember you inherite genes from both your mother and your father. So even if your mom got really great genes and didn’t get stretch marks, there’s a possibility that your propensity to get them comes from your father set of genes (check with the women in his family).

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

used cocoa butter, but  i dont think they work

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Melithehoneybee:  Ironically, my dads’ side of the family is all men.  My paternal grandmother is the only one I could potentially ask, but we’re not close and she’s not in good health.  It would be really weird if I called her out of the blue and asked if she ever got stretch marks.  In any event, it’s irrelevant  because I already have them.  Knowing whether or not she got them isn’t going to change my situation.

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I used Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, but there’s no way to guarantee keeping them away. I have them all over, but I gained so much weight. ๐Ÿ™

Post # 38
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

With my first pregnancy I used Arbonne Firming Cream (it helps to build collagen, apparently, which is good for making skin more elastic.

I got one stretchmark, between my bellybutton ring. Now, keep in mind, my mom never got any stretchmarks and I did not get overly large when I was pregnant either. I also drank a TON of water and ate pretty healthy too! I did get stretchmarks on my breasts and thighs from puberty, but nothing else from pregnancy.

I’m pregnant again, and purchased another jar of Arbonne cream. If anything, it helps with the itchiness. I don’t give it all the credit for preventing stretchmarks, but I suppose it can’t hurt.

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

I’ve also read it’s genetic but doesn’t hurt to keep your skin hydrated and elastic.  It also helps to watch what you eat so you don’t gain weight so fast and also drink alot of water.  Again, I’m going from what I’ve read. Doesn’t hurt to try. I like to apply it after a hot shower when my skin is slightly damp and my pores are open.  I use Burts Bees Belly Butter and so far, no stretch marks…

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Christy42213:  yeah of course ๐Ÿ™‚ I was just trying to offer a possible explanation / back up the genetics theory 

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m personally using EVERYTHING out there (alternating between Mamas special blend, sweet almond oil, Vitamin E oil, rosehip oil, burts bee belly butter & oil, pure cocoa butter, babe anti-strecht mark lotion, Palmer’s cocoa and Bio-oil).

I’m VERY propense to strecht marks. I have on my boobs and hips/butt from puberty. And I actually got more well into my 20’s after my boobs suddenly increased in size again. Additionally, my mom got a TON with her pregnancies. So I’m totally expecting them, but clinging to the last bit of hope in the form of obsessively purchasing/ applying everything that claims could help. So check again with me in about 6 months and I’ll tell ya if these things truly work against strong “bad” genes :p  

I’m early still and don’t even have a bump yet but I already have a preference for the oils vs the butters/lotions. I feel they’re way more hydrating and long-lasting. The only inconvenience is that they take a bit longer to absorb.

Post # 43
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

So far I have been using baby oil on wet skin (when I am done showering) and let myself ‘air dry’ while I brush my teeth, fix my face, etc. The oil gets absorbed in REALLY well and I have zero stretch marks at 17 weeks. My belly is huge though because I get bloated a lot and put on a few extra lbs.  I’ll be switching to coconut oil soon within the next cpl of weeks.

Post # 45
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Helper bee

Hmm. I had dry skin and such before and did a ton of research. IMO exterior application of anything can have a tiny effect, but diet is better. Once I started trying to eat more avacado, nuts, fatty fish and olive oil my dry skin got 100% better. It’s really good for constipation and other pregnancy issues too. I should put a little chart on my fridge to make sure I get at least 1-2 servings a day. 

 

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