I know whether you get stretch marks or not is genetic (for the most part), but I had no intention of sitting around like a bump on a log waiting for them to show up. I’ve been bolstering the economy with my purchases of oils, lotions, and creams and if I do end up with stretch marks at least I’ll feel like I did SOMETHING to try to prevent them. Who knows, maybe they’d be worse if I hadn’t. So this is what’s currently in my arsenal…
My number one favorite so far is Bio-Oil. I put this on every night, without fail, and I’ve been using it since I was about 8 weeks along. It doesn’t have a strong smell, absorbs quickly and while it has some residue it doesn’t make me feel sticky.
In the morning I use Palmer’s Stretch Mark Cream. Not a huge fan of the smell, but it absorbs and dries quicker than the Bio-Oil so I can get dressed and not feel like my clothes are sticking to me. Before I leave for work I throw this in my purse and I sometimes put it on during the day as well.
My last resort is Palmer’s Tummy Butter and I have to say I hate it. I’ve used it maybe twice and I woke up the next morning just as greasy as when I first put it on. That makes me think it isn’t doing anything if it isn’t absorbing and I HATE feeling sticky so this is the bottom of the list, use only in case of emergency stuff now.
Ok, and I know you think I’m crazy at this point, but I just ordered Earth Mama Angel Baby Stretch Oil as well. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard great things about it so it’ll be added to the regimen somewhere. Maybe switching off between the Bio-Oil and this.
So that’s the deal for now. If nothing else, I can say that my skin looks and feels really soft and it isn’t itchy or feeling stretched at all. I guess I’ll come back after baby and let you know if all this oiling and lotioning actually did anything. Fingers crossed!