It’s not a secret that I LOVE succulents. And cactuses. I mean, for a girl who seems to kill plants (and especially house plants!) in a blink of an eye, succulents were MADE for me!! Anyone with me on that one?!
Well, the last thing I want during pregnancy is for my ever-growing belly to FEEL like a prickly, scratchy cactus! I mean, I’m that preggo mama walking around scratching her tummy in public because, well, it ITCHES! And although I can’t completely get rid of the itching that comes from stretching skin, keeping my skin hydrated by drinking lots of water and lathering on creams definitely helps!
Ok, let’s talk stretch marks. There are a MILLION and one stretch mark creams available these days. I get it – our society is filled with magazines and internet articles of mamas whose bodies “bounce back” from pregnancy seemingly overnight, with not even a stretch mark to show for it. It’s no wonder we seem to idolize the beautiful pregnant belly that seems so perfectly smooth and even in color. So do these creams WORK? I believe they can help, but at the end of the day, our genetics play a much larger role in stretch marks than all of our preventative measures. I was not one of those lucky ones who could go through pregnancy without a stretch mark, especially having full-term twins my first go-around!
Even if your genetics may determine that you’ll end up with a few or many of these stretch marks, I believe pregnancy creams can help you feel beautiful and less itchy! And who knows, they may even reduce the appearance of the stretch marks without you realizing it! So here are my go-to creams and oils for this pregnancy!
1. Motherlove Pregnant Belly Salve. This oily cream smells amazing and feels great! Even though it’s oil-based, I haven’t noticed it staining my clothes or leaving funny marks on my clothes. I buy mine at Whole Foods! I usually lather this on mid-day to tame the itchiness.
2. Derma E Stretch Mark Creme. My favorite!! LOVE this. Love the light scent of it, and it feels SO good. I use this in the morning and at night time, and love that it’s more of a lotion than an oil.
3. Sweet Almond Oil. I read somewhere that almond oil is amazing for stretch marks, so I decided to add this to my regimen! I often lather this on my tummy right after I shower, and before i use the derma e cream! I can’t speak of its effectiveness of preventing stretch marks, but it feels great, and I have no new stretch marks yet…from what I can tell!
Did you use a stretch mark cream during pregnancy? Did you find it to be effective?