When i was pregnant, i constanlty worried about being left with stretch marks. I decided to have a look around and see what i could find. I went to my local boots and looked for everything that said "stretch marks". I came across a brand called Biotherm stretch mark cream. When i saw the price of £26.00 i quickly moved on. I came across a few others and was planning to buy derma mum stretch mark cream for £11.99, which isnt too ridicilous for a product that would (hopefully) keep my skin stretch mark free. I searched a bit more before deciding against the derma mum cream and left empty handed.
When speaking to my mum the next day she talked about using Palmers cocoa butter. She said its what she used when pregnant and since shes had 4 children and has no stretch marks i decided to follow her advice. I decided against the fancy specialist version for stretch marks and went with a cheap and cheeful £2.19 tub. For the price you get 60grams, which lasted all the way through my pregnancy as you dont need a huge amount. The cocoa butter is enriched with Vitamin E, this not only helps to regulate vitamin A in the body but can also help to maintain the skins oil balance which leads to healthy hydrated skin. You can also use cocoa butter for dry skin on hands, feet, elbows and well, just about anywhere you think needs it. The smell is very strong, when i smell it coco doesnt spring to mind. It quite sickly and smells like vanilla and butter.
I used this once a day til the end of my pregnancy and im proud to say i dont have a single stretch mark. Its also recommended to use after the bath or shower to re-hydrate your skin. Just squeeze a small amount, maybe the size on a 2pence piece and apply to your stomach.
A very important part of your mum to be diet. Water is needed much more during pregnancy. The water is used to help transport the nutrients from mum to baby in the blood. Not many people know, but in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy, if you dont drink enough water it can lead to contractions which lead to a premature birth. You should aim to drink ATLEAST 8glasses of water a day. The amniotic fluid needs to replenish itself every hour, this will use up around a cup of water that is stored in your body. That means in a day your baby will take 24cups of water from your body. Thats why its so important to drink water. If you dont like water alone, you can mix it with a slice of lemon or lime or dilute it with some squash.
I didnt use bio oil druing my pregnancy but i would recommend it. Ive been using it on my scars and scratches, and the worst of them has dissapeared. Im constantly bumping into things and had the most hidious of marks but bio oil cleared them up. This would be good to use if you forgot to use something during pregnany and did end up with stretch marks. Its not cheap, the smallest bottle usually costs around £8.99 for 60ml. But as its very oil you only need the tiniest bit.
During pregnany your body becomes more sensitive to UVA so its recommend not to sun bath as you can burn much easier. If you go on holiday while pregnant, wear long loose fitting clothes and a strong sun cream. This will mean you wont come back of your holiday with a nice tan but we all want the best for our skin and our baby so its best to hold off on the sunbathing for a while.
Hope this helps.
In my first pregnancy, i was very concerned at the fact that i was going to be covered in stretch marks, like most womens are. I bought a few different lotions but the only one that seemed to do the trick was bio oil, after a good few months of applying before and after birth it did a excellent job.
Although i still had a few stretch marks as i went really huge towards my due date but i suppose that cant be avoided.
Only problem is the oil is very expensive, but it was worth paying that bit extra in the end.
Another lotion that is well known to get rid of stretch marks is baby oil, it is cheap and also does the job.
Also i found that my skin went very oily and it started to get blotchy, but as many women know there wasnt much i could do about that but cleanse and moisurise my skin.
During my first pregnancy I was worried about getting stretch marks. So I rushed out and bouht all the expensive lotions and potions available in Boots which claim to be the best for stretch marks. But they were so expensive that I got put off buying a refil when mine had run out , so I just used baby lotion instead. It was my hair dresser that actually recommended that I try using baby oil. It was brilliant and worked really well. As it was, I still got few stretch marks but only in the last week because I was so huge!! I think a normal sized bump would have coped quite well with the baby oil and would have avoided the stretch marks. Another skin care product I used was a tub of body butter for the rest of my body. You can get this in the body shop, and it smells lovely and makes you feel really nice, especially at a time when you need it most!!
I would just like to remind all the ladies out there, that yes, we all want to avoid chemicals in our food, milk and our household while being pregnant. It is very important. I also want to remind everyone that there are alot of chemicals in skincare today, and pregnant women should only use chemical free or Organic face creams and lotions.
Please remember that your skin is an organ - an organ that you are sharing with your unborn child. Any chemicals applied to your skin will feed the growth of your child. Please only use organic and chemical free products to ensure your pregancy is as healthy as can be. And please do your research on the internet regarding chemicals in skin care products. There is alot of information out there.
NOTE: there is a difference between chemical free and organic lotions. Many lotion makers today call your lotions organic because they are made with organic ingredients, but then use chemical preservatives. This is typical of drug store brands.
My personal recommendation, is the Made from Earth product line. They are completely chemical free and organic, and their products have a shelf life of 6 months, because they are not presevred with chemicals, but they do use quality ingredients. I used their 3 Berry Face Serum while I was pregnant, and its a great face cream I highly recommend.
Best of luck to everyone!
When I was pregnant I was obsessed with mine and the baby's health as most mums are. I would not use any chemicals, take any medication or alcohol. I was so bad I refused to have my hair dyed. I know it sounds extreame and when I look back I think "oh my god, how obsessed was I?" I would rinse the bath about 20 times after cleaning to ensure that i did not get any chemicals on my skin and used roll on deodorant. (told you I was obsessed) About 4 months into pregnancy I began to itch like mad. It did not help that it was 93 degrees and I was still having to wear my white coat at work. I spoke to my Doctor and he gave me E45 which was as good as water to me. I was scared to try too much incase it was harmful to the baby but this itching was driving me mad. I needed something to cool down the skin on my tummy. Lucky for me I worked in a pharmacy so it was easy for me to find a solution, which I did. I found a cream with calamine and witch hazel. It was great, instant relief. Cooled my skin really quickly and reduced all the redness. It came in a 50g tube and was a white cream which was absorbed through the skin. No white powder and no itching. It cost me £1.99 and contained no harmful chemicals. It was perfect. It is a generic cream which means that it does not have a brand name. You can buy it in local chemists, asda or online at pharmacy2u.com. A highly recommended product for itching for anyone, not just if your pregnant.
Now, when I was pregnant, I must admit that I had a lot more worrying things on my mind than the state of my skin, although state probably is the word to describe how my skin was at the time! Although I never used to do much more than slap a bit of soap and water on myself, all my friends have said that I (generally, we all have bad days!) have a great complexion...I rarely get spots, and although my skin can get dry from time to time, I never really worried about it. However, once I was pregnant my skin started going all to pot!! I was constantly coming out in spots, nothing major, just a few here and there, but when you've never really had spots before, it does make you wonder if it is the start of great eruptions to come! To go along with this I also started to get quite sensitive to some brands of soap, washing powder etc., even though previously you could slap any cheap crap on me and nothing would happen! Being a bit of a one for trying to save cash, I decided to give the baby products a go, simply because I had some in anyway from free samples from various companies, and I thought it would give me a chance to find the ones I thought were best to use on 'the bump' when baby was born. These products were fantastic. I personally favour Johnsons, just because they smell nice, although to be honest I think on the whole all baby products are much of a muchness, at least where baby bath etc. is concerned. These products worked wonders; my skin cleared up considerably (although I am not saying the spots went completely, I think that is just one of the things some women have to put up with when they're pregnant)and also stopped being as greasy. Skin worries over, I thought, but no! One of my great mates then enlightened me to the horrors of stretch marks. Of course, I had heard of stretch marks before, but for some reason it never really occured to me to wor
ry about them until one of my friends mentioned it. Once they were mentioned, I began to try virtually every preventative remedy known to man (or woman), from vitamin E cream to essential oils (approved for use in pregnancy though, do be careful, some oils aren't suitable for pregnant women), massages and all the potions for skin Boots and other chemists could provide, but my stretch marks just seemed to get bigger and bigger, worse and worse. In desperation, I decided to ask the midwife if she had any particular recommendations (I figured that with the number of pregnant women she'd seen, she might have some idea of what worked and what didn't). She told me that it all depends on your skin type whether you will get stretch marks or not; people with drier skin (me) are more prone to them than people with oilier skin types (hence most of the remedies are basically moisturisers or fairly greasy type creams). I was told that basically, whatever you slap on your skin may or may not help, but at the end of the day if you have a certain skin type, stretch marks are pretty much inevitable. Being hormonal and slightly irrational, I decided to ask both my GP and the consultant at the hospital for their recommendations, convinced the midwife was either just ignorant or else some evil person destined to populate the world with stretch marked women, but, alas, their words were pretty much identical to hers. So, whilst things can be done to improve the general condition and appearance of your skin whilst you are pregnant, there isn't really much you can do to prevent stretch marks if you are going to get them (and boy did I get them, but never mind I guess!). But don't let this put you off trying the remedies if you really want to...if nothing else they are a great excuse to get your partner to give you a massage!
Why is it that as soon as you are pregnant people start to comment on how well you look!!! For the first 3 months most of us feel sick and groggy yet our spots clear up,our hair shines and we look on top of the world. For the rest of the pregnancy you feel absolutly worn out,you swell up like a ballon and yet you still have this hair to dye for and a buetiful complection!!! After baby is born you feel on top of the world, but don't really care what you look like as your days are filled with feeding changing and bathing your new baby.You are lucky to get ou of your dressing gown,never mind styling your hair and doing your make-up and yet you still look radiant. So why is it that after 3 months when your maternity leave runs out and you have to return to work or you feel confident to leave your child with a babysitter for a night out do you sudenly look in the mirror and realise whats happened!!!! Your spots are there for all to see,what use to be a nice hairstyle has now turned into a greasy mop slapped back in a ponytail and you have more bags under your eyes than Tesco supermarket have at there checkouts!!! Give your new bundle of joy a few more months and you will go to put a bit of make-up on only to find that they have had such fun 'drawing' on your mirror with your new lipstick!!!! But at the end of the day your precious bundle will be worth every minute of it.
I have 2 weeks to go on my second pregnancy and not a stretch mark in sight thanks to this wonderful little stick! When I was preganant with my son, I used the body shop cocoa butter stick morning and night and didn't have a mark on me. When I fell pregnant this time I rushed to my nearest Body Shop to buy the stick only to find that it was being re-launched but was not available at that time (March). I looked for alternatives and used Boots antenatal cream for stretched skin, which, to be fair was fine, but was sticky and made my PJ's stick to my tummy if I put it on last thing at night. I then used vaseline intensive care and had the same problem. With a two year old and being pregnant I just wanted to flop into bed last thing at night and not wait for my tummy to dry off! Hoorah, the body shop finally got the new cocoa butter sticks in and I'm away. It smells lovely, you get no gunk on your hands at all, it glides easily all over and you can put your nightwear straight on! Best of all it actually seems to work! I can honestly say this is the best product I have found fot stretched skin, and it can be used after birth on your knees which will be very dry from constantly kneeling down changing nappies!
I came out of pregnancy without one stretch mark! My doctor could not believe it. I was really small until the eight month when I suddenly ballooned, I was terrified that I would be covered in strech marks and all the specialised creams were very expensive. My friend recommended rubbing Baby Oil on your stomach, hips and bottom every time you get out of the bath. This is also a good excuse for your partner to give you a much-needed massage! I swear it works wonders and its cheaper than most of the specialised creams.
When I was expectant with twins a colleague at work told me she swore by Vitamin E cream to prevent stretch marks. I duly went down to my local Superdrug and bought a large tub for about two pounds. I rubbed it in faithfully morning and night and all seemed to be well my tummy was expanding rapidly and no stretch marks. One day I proudly said to my husband “Look no stretch marks” and he replied “What do you mean there’s loads” – to my horror I discovered they’d all been lurking on the lowest part of my bump where I couldn’t see them. Anyway I tell myself it was only to be expected as it was twins – I wouldn’t have had stretch marks if it was a single pregnancy and it would probably have been worse if I hadn’t used the cream. Who knows!
Whilst pregnant from the time that I had a 'bump' I rubbed on The Body Shop's Body Lotion in White Musk every night after my bath/shower. I had no stretch marks, not one! People were amazed, the midwives even commented about it when I went to hospital to have my daughter. The proper stretch mark creams are more expensive and don't smell nowhere near as nice. I used almost all of a 50ml bottle through my pregnancy, and I'll certainly use it again next time!