Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pregnancy Knowledge | Stretch Marks

I've heard that stretch marks are genetic mostly, or rather not getting them is a matter of whether you're susceptible to them genetically.  My mother did not get any stretch marks throughout her three pregnancies that were lasting or noticeable.  If I remember correctly, from what she told me, she ended up with one on her belly, but I do not know which pregnancy it came from of hers.  Anyhow, it's not even noticeable and I couldn't even see it when she showed it to me.  I'm hoping to have the same results.  So far I have not seen any, but I'm still pretty early in my pregnancy.  I have been oiling up and moisturizing since the day I found out I was pregnant.  I've used Bio Oil, which is really good stuff, but I'm not a fan of the smell and it tends to be pretty pricey.  I do know, however, that they sell it at Sam's for a really good deal.  Regularly, I use Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil, Tummy Butter, Cocoa Butter Formula, and Stretch Mark Massage Cream.  I am very consistent with my application and never scratch when my skin starts to itch.  There are a tone of products on the market that claim to prevent stretch marks, reduce the appearance, and even get rid of them.  I'm not going to use everything under the sun just to prevent them, but I will stay with the set regimen I'm on, because it seems to be working. 

My mom used a product called "Mother's Friend" which is apparently still on the market.  It's supposedly available in drugstores and for order online.  I've heard great things about the Burt's Bees Mama Butter, which I've seen at Target.  It definitely on the higher-end of these type of products, retailing for over $20.  With so many products out there to try, it's extremely tempting to become a product junkie and want to try everything.  The important thing to remember is that whatever you put on your skin goes to the baby.  I want to minimize what all my skin takes in, so that the baby isn't exposed to unnecessary chemicals and potentials toxins.

To be honest I wouldn't really say with confidence that there is a legitimate way to prevent stretch marks.  I really do think it comes down to if your skin has good elasticity and the rate at which your grow.  I've been moisturizing for as long as I can remember, and with my genetics I'm hoping it's enough so that I don't look like a striped tiger after baby.

Happy Bumping!


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