How To Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy
Stretch marks are streaks or stripes on the abdomen caused by extension of the skin from obesity or pregnancy. Some of the streaks can be lighter than others depending on your skin color and ethnicity. Stretch marks are not painful in anyway and they are with you for a lifetime. Many women get stretchmarks during and after their pregnancy. Some stretch marks are not that noticeable and others are very obvious. One question every mother has when they first find out they are pregnant is “how can I prevent stretch marks?”. When I was only a few days pregnant with my first child, I had two very close friends tell me this secret and they swore by it and it’s worked for me through all three pregnancies! Here is what honestly helped me and other moms I know prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.
Best way to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
As soon as you find out you are pregnant, go and buy a good size jar of coconut oil or cocoa butter. The larger size jar, the better, I literally went through one big jar a month! I swear by using cocoa butter and have been told from many different mothers that this works and it truly does!
–Everyday after your shower, rub some cocoa butter or coconut oil all over your belly, sides, back, breasts, and even butt. Put enough on so it can soak into your skin. (yes, this may feel super slippery, but it’s worth it in the end)
–If you tend to gain weight more in certain areas than others, those areas are where you should apply the most amount of cocoa butter.
–Try your best not to miss a single day! It’s fine if you didn’t start this process until you are about 7 weeks pregnant, but the sooner you start, the better.
–Continue to use the cocoa butter on your breasts even after you have delivered the baby. If you are breastfeeding, your breasts will get engorged and that may also cause some stretch marks, so don’t forget about your breasts before, during, and after!
–I believe the secret to this actually working is to make sure you apply it right after your bath or shower when your skin is moist!
Last but not least, some people say that genetics play a major role in whether or not stretch marks appear on your skin. This can be absolutely true, however, I really believe that if you take care of your skin and moisturize as much as possible, you can prevent some stretch marks. It just takes a little extra time and effort after your shower every day, but the benefits are so worth it in the end.
I had three children of my own and used Palmers cocoa butter along with pure organic raw coconut oil. After my first pregnancy, I did notice a tiny amount of stretch marks on my lower thigh area which seemed to always be the place I would skip on the cocoa butter because I was in a hurry. So try not to skip any areas! (click the photos below for more details)
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