whats the best stuff to use to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy?

Rachel - posted on 09/30/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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i'm 2o weeks pregnant and don't have them yet but i don't want stretch marks, and if they come i would like to keep them as limited as possible. what should i use?

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Stephanie - posted on 09/30/2009

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Don't have your showers too hot to dry out your skin and as soon as you get out before you towel of put some grapeseed oil [you can get it in Walmart next to the cooking oil] on your belly ,butt ,thighs,and breasts.Do this every day.It is safe for the baby if it gets into your mouth or the blood stream and has no smell.Later on in your pregnancy you can use it on your perineum[area between vagina and anus] to prevent stretch marks and tearing during birth. Eating healthy is important too.Drinking lots of water and taking omega 3 oil capsules every day will help your skin, hair ,mood and as an added bonus it helps with the babies brain development too. I didnt get any stretch marks with either of my pregnancy's so I hope it works for you too. Good luck Rachel.

Nectaria - posted on 10/03/2009

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I have had 3 kids the youngest being 4 months and I find that one of the MOST important ways to limit stretch marks and be able to pop right back to your initial weight is to have had been physically active and continue to be physically active (limited of course when you're pregnant) and use Palmers. I don't have any stretch marks but was it the Palmers or the fact that I work-out everyday? And you don't need to go to a gym - who has the time? and I think that's why many people give up working out altogether. I invested in a good treadmill and some 5 pound hand weights.

JOYS - posted on 09/30/2009

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use cocoa butter or virgin coconut oil. these helped me alot to prevent stretchmarks during my pregnancy..

Lupe - posted on 10/03/2009

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I would love to tell you what the media and advrtisement say but it's all baloney.......... the truth is that we all have very different kind of skin and even if our mothers or sisters didn't get stretch marks or did deosn't mean it will be the same for you, stretch marks is your skin stretching because it deosn't have sufficient elasticity and when your skin is dry with no moisture it tends to stretch and that is a tear in the skin, now the best thing to put on is a Great moisterizer with vitamin E that would be the best thing to do and use it constantly especially if it starts to itch, that means it's stretching or shrinking, mostly stretching but cocoa butter is also great. to avoid it is unevetavable to help the process with the least amount of damage to your skin would be creaming it at all moment that you can and once you have the baby in the same manner moisterizing cream, cocoa butter and excercise for your tummy. ;)

Jessica - posted on 10/02/2009

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vitamin e cream...or cocoa butter...but the best one that i've used is bio oil......its great!

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Cindy - posted on 10/02/2009

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keep areas moisturized. i would constantly put cream on. for me, i did not get any until the last month when the baby dropped. used coco butter.

Irene - posted on 10/02/2009

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Hi Rachel,

I've heard the argument for genetics, but have also heard personal testimonies to the contrary...in effect, you will get them if you gain weight too fast, but you can help keep your skin moisturized while you're growing so as to possibly avoid severe ones...cocoa butter is a popular remedy, but I have heard and read a lot about Arbonne Rejuvenating Cream also. In fact, it is included as a freebie with their baby set b/c so many moms wrote in regarding their success with this product in staving off severe stretch marks. It's also a great facial cream (original intent) and has helped me and my family avoid burn marks. I'll be glad to hook you up if you're interested!

Sharon - posted on 09/30/2009

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Genetics. If your mom had them - you probably will too. Take care of your skin, keep it moisturized, but really the cast has set - if you're going to get them, you're going to get them. The best way to prep your skin for NOT developing stretch marks would have been before you got pregnant.



Now - everything you take in goes to the baby, not necessarily to your skin.

Cheryl - posted on 09/30/2009

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thyme matternaty makes the best stuff. not one stretch mark! Works Amazing!

Ashley - posted on 09/30/2009

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They say to drink tons of water and put lotion all over your tummy, butt, thighs, and breasts. BUT, I did all of that and I still have a ton on my stomach. They are faded now, but you can still see them. It depends on you really, there isn't much you can do. Watch your weight gain though; if you gain all of it at once, you will have stretch marks, kind of like the ones you might have from growth spurts. If you do get them, think of them as a badge of honor!

Good luck, and congrats!!!

Loni - posted on 09/30/2009

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I used cocoa butter lotion regularly, excersised, ate well and only gained 25lbs throughout my pregnancy. However I still got stretch marks! Although I didn't even see any appear until after my baby was born. That was 9 months ago and thankfully they have faded significantly. I guess some ppl have skin with more elasticity than others! Hopefully you're one of those people!

Tracy - posted on 09/30/2009

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All I used was the sticks of cocoa butter. After I bathed put it over my entire body. When I got up in the morning, I also used it on my face and stomach. I have no stretch marks and I have a 8yr old 8lbs 3oz and a 2yr old 6lbs 7oz.

Martina - posted on 09/30/2009

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Personally i heard there is nothing much you can do to avoid them. You will either get them or not. i never used anything and lukily never got any. the only advise that really makes sence to me is try not to put on more weight that you are supposed to during a pregancy and allow your skin to slowly grow with your baby. You expand too fast and you get marks...i got strech marks from getting fat as a kid and when my boobs started to grow as a teenager but as an adult and i finally got of my butt and lost the weight the blue marks went away and was left with the typical strechmark scars and since i never put much wieght on when pregnant and my body was able to adjust slowly i never developed pregnancy strechmarks. So for me slow growth worked

Brenda - posted on 09/30/2009

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any cream that has coco butter oil in it. the trick is to keep is lubbed up so that when the skin stretches it doesnt rip. also if the women n ur family have them already u are more prone to getting them. FYI!!

Robin - posted on 09/30/2009

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i used vitamin E oil and aveeno lotion, i never got any stretch marks!!

Marcella - posted on 09/30/2009

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Couldn't tell you! I tried cocoa butter, kukui nut oil, vit E, various other creams and I got stretch marks all 3 times! And in all different places! Good luck...

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