I’m sitting here writing this, at what I feel is extremely overdue. Then again, I was “done” with pregnancy at 38 weeks. So you can imagine just how large I feel.
I have been applying stretch mark oil like crazy in hopes that I don’t get those wonderful, hard earned tiger stripes. As proud of them as I will be, I’m not quite ready to give up my bikini body just yet, though I think resistance is futile. Ha.
The photo pictured above was me at 40 weeks (I’m now 41+1) and I feel like I’ve doubled in size.
My reason for this post is mostly just a reminder, that some of us want to help with stretch marks as much as we can.
As I said before, I will proudly wear my stretch marks if by the end of this horribly long wait I have them, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to do everything in my power to still feel like I can unrealistically be on the cover of a magazine, photoshopped and all.
Either way, I’m in no way knocking stretch marks. They are the maps of our babies womb life etched permanently into our skin. The best kind of tattoos. Never the less, who wants them ami’rite?
To prevent stretch marks it is absolutely necessary to keep the skin as elastic as possible. During pregnancy, our bodies do a tremendous amount of stretching! What seems like everywhere actually. If your skin has natural elasticity and is kept well lubricated and cared for throughout pregnancy, it can often make that stretch without any signs of wear.
So far with these remedies, and with my size, I have managed to keep all stretch marks at bay. However, if I go any longer, and this baby gets any bigger, I may not be as lucky.
Herbal Remedies for Stretch Marks
Here are some of the things I have done to get that markless belly.
1.) I have good genes. Some women are more prone to stretch marks. I have very few, with the exception of puberty. That is NOTHING we can control unfortunately except winning the lottery.
2.) While my husband and I started planning to get pregnant, I was already pre-prepping my body with over 100oz of water a day and Shea butter/stretch mark oil all over before I even got pregnant. Drinking lots of water is essential to the skins elasticity and will contribute to the pliability.
3.) Take Vitamin E Oil daily. Make sure you check with your doctor on certain dosages as sometimes high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes sufferers can only take a certain amount.
4.) Any oil really is great for pregnancy but some of my favorites are Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and Vitamin E Oil.
The recipe below is my all time favorite blend and has done WONDERS to make sure I haven’t gotten any stretch marks these last 10 months of pregnancy. Yes… they don’t tell you, you can go 10 months. Sigh.
1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Apricot, Almond or Grapeseed Oil
20,000 i.u. Vitamin E Oil
2 tsp. Grated Beeswax (or Vegan Option like Candelilla Wax)
1 tsp. Lanolin (or leave it out for the Vegan Option)
1.) Melt and Mix all the ingredients together.
2.) You can scent with your favorite essential oils, however, I actually really love the smell of it in its plain state. It’s got a chocolatey smell that I love.
3.) Rub the rich oil all over your belly and breasts two to three times a day (or just after a shower, if you’re crazy busy like me)
If you don’t want to deal with crafting your own oil, feel free to head down to our Etsy Shop. We have everything pre-packaged and hand made for you.