I was reluctant to write about this because I don’t want woman who have stretch marks to feel ashamed of them, especially if they got them from bringing a child into this world. They happen to most if not all of us and its nothing to feel ashamed about.
Even though I firmly believe we should learn to embrace and love our bodies no matter what they look like, I still want to share my experience with pregnancy and stretch marks with you. I’m sure there a ton of moms out there that will find it helpful with not adding more stretch marks in future pregnancies or prevent getting them all together.
When I was a little girl, my body decided to go through puberty in a matter of 24 hours. This meant that stretch marks were inevitable. As a teenager this was devastating. I was immediately embarrassed and would never go swimming without a pair of shorts on since my legs and butt got the brunt of all the stretch marks.
When I got pregnant I decided I would try to support my body as well as I could so that my growing belly could have a fighting chance against stretch marks. I had always heard that stretch marks are genetic so if you’re going to get them than you’re going to get them, and you can’t do anything about it.
My mom had stretch marks along with other members on both sides of my family so genetically speaking I was in for it, but something in me was calling BS on the whole thing. So, I decided to try and beat the odds. You know what happened? I did! The only stretch mark I got was on my belly button where I had my belly button ring. I’m assuming I got one there only because it was already so thin and 90% scar tissue.
THE SCIENCE OF SKIN
There is a layer of skin called the dermis and in it you have what is called collagen and elastin. Both of these are types of connective cells and are responsible for helping your body have youthful and elastic skin.
Here is a fun fact for you. Have you ever noticed that Asian woman always look a lot younger than people of other ethnicities that are there same age? Well there is a scientific explanation behind it. Asian people have a thicker dermis layer than other ethnicities. This means that they have more collagen and elastin which in turn makes them look and stay looking younger longer.
Since we all can’t have Asian skin that means we may need to offer our body a little extra TLC. I know there are some women who have less elastin in their skin than others of the same age and race so yes, this does mean you are more susceptible to getting stretch marks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help support your body to try and help lessen the effect of them.
WHAT I DID
From the moment I found out I was pregnant I went out and bought nice body butter, coconut oil, and stocked up on Young Living Lavender essential oil. Every night before bed I would take about 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in my hand and mix in 4-5 drops of Lavender oil. With this I would lather up my hips, stomach, and chest. Repeating the 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 4-5 drops of Lavender oil as needed. As you can imagine, the bigger my belly and boobs got the more coconut oil and essential oil I would use each night.
Every morning and sometimes throughout the day I would lather up with body butter. This meant that I was constantly hydrating and moisturizing my belly making it easier for it to expand as the baby grew inside me.
Not only is the baby making your belly grow but your body is preparing for your milk to come in and your boobs will continue to get bigger and bigger until your milk comes in and then regulates itself. Also, your hips are expanding to make the birthing process easier. This means that this area is also moving and growing and needs some support as well. So, don’t forget your hips and chest, trust me.
You can use any type of body butter, but my hands down favorite is called Righteous Butter by the brand Soap & Glory. The reason this one is my favorite is because it soaks into your skin quickly and doesn’t leave that greasy feeling like most body butters do. You can get it at Target, Ulta, or Amazon, but just a heads up, you will pay almost twice as much if you order through Amazon.
Even if this doesn’t help you prevent stretch marks it will at least give you buttery soft skin and who doesn’t love that? Just please hear me when I say that your stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed of and your body is absolutely beautiful. No matter if you’re able to prevent stretch marks all together, lessen the amount you would have gotten, or make no impact on them at all, you’re still 100% perfect and beautiful. Never forget that. In reality your body is creating a freaking human being, that in itself is an amazing and beautiful miracle.
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