We as women are so amazing to be able to go through pregnancy and give birth to a human being- I will say it again Every Woman is Wonder Woman in my eyes (just for that fact alone!) But unfortunately with the beauty of pregnancy and the excitement of your little bundle of joy comes a bit of fear and questions. At least for me it did. What will happen to my body? I had never been through this before, so I didn’t know what to expect. The way our bodies change during pregnancy and even postpartum is something I was astonished with. But I am like any other woman out there, worried about those little things we never want to talk about and forget about seeing: stretch marks. Lets be honest, all women are prone to get them- yes even rail thing girls. Unfortunately we grow, change, loose weight, gain a little weight, exercise more, exercise less and so on. We are never really the same throughout our lives… So when these little words creeped up on me one evening, when I was about 6 weeks pregnant with Avery, I knew I had to nip it in the bud before it even started.
Many of you ladies asked me about my pregnancy regime when it came to the belly. I am so happy to finally share with you my little secrets, or maybe obsessions regarding the oils/lotions I used. That is how my fascination begun. I did research upon research of what works, what is ok to use while you are pregnant, what is harmful, reviews, word of the mouth. You name it I looked into it! When I finally found the few that I couldn’t live without, I rubbed that belly & surrounding areas including the butt, thighs 3 times during the day, everyday. That didn’t end there, middle of the night rounds when your little bundle is pressing on your bladder (3-4 times a night) with my eyes closed and barely awake I would take a pinch of the oils/lotions and rub my belly. My husband used to make fun of me when I would get into bed, I am pretty sure he was able to see his own reflection! Talk about a commitment right? In the end, I couldn’t have been happier. I did what I thought would make me feel better, whether it was the lotions or not, or my genes or BOTH – I ended up with no stretch marks on the belly or surrounding areas.
I also want to add before I get into my list of goodies, I think it’s a good start if you always moisturize to begin with, pregnant or not. Our elasticity tends to fade as we get older, so being moisturized at all times definitely helps (yes even if you are at home in your pjs watching Netflix) 🙂
So here are my findings that I want to share with you if you are obsessing about it as much as I was/am. My favorite was mixing the Nivea with the Bio Oil together, especially after taking a hot bath or shower. I also used the Bio oil by itself and vice versa. Second favorite was the Goe Oil. It was a bit pricey, so I used that one towards the end of my pregnancy, but the smell is amazing & it turns from cream to oil. And the third was Clarins Huile “Tonic” which I used pretty often, but the smell I warn you is very potent- my hubby would say things like “Not again…” whenever I would put that on.. but it works great for after baths or showers in the am so our other half doesn’t have to smell it all night!
At the end of the day, as long as we have healthy babies that come into our world that is all that matters. But I am a true believer of doing things throughout those 10 months of pregnancy to make yourself feel good, and in this case pampering yourself. Hot baths, oils, lotions, even the baby enjoys a nice belly massage.
Now that I am no longer pregnant, I still use these oils. Particularly the Nivea mixed with the Bio oil and I only use that twice a day, morning and night. If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them. Have a great day ladies!