so here i am, at 39 weeks and still without any stretch marks. i hope i'm not calling it too early but things are looking pretty good in this department and so i wanted to offer up my belly routine to all you current and future preggies out there.
[of course, i am no expert and i'm sure there are some genetics involved but no harm in helping our skin along, yes? yes.]
just as an fyi, i applied these to my belly and hips right after every shower. every one. might sound like a chore but it wasn't. it was more like some nice time with me, myself and i.
plus, it feels good!
i found that in the beginning months, when we're all still a little soft and not showing (though we think we are!), that it was easier to use a lotion type of belly butter. i picked up mama mio's tummy rub butter at a pea in the pod and loved it! and i only needed one tub to last me. i did buy it at 12 weeks so i was a little ways in already - but really, you don't start growing until around then so stretch marks shouldn't be a concern yet.
when that ran out and the tummy got bigger, i felt like i needed something thicker and even more moisturizing. mother love's belly salve has been amazing. the scent is light and by month 5-6, hopefully your senses aren't on super overload anymore. it is an oil base so your belly gets shiny and maybe slightly sticky but i never had a problem getting dressed right after applying it all over. it really kept me feeling moisturized all day. yay!
almond oil is also great. it absorbs into the skin WAY fast so you can really put a lot on. i would apply this at night while watching tv - just an extra does of moisture for the belly. we also use this for perineal massage - something i think more ladies should be discussing. google it! though i will be back with a post on the nitty gritty there too.
vitamin e body butter from the body shop is just marvelous. i don't love the smell, it's slightly clinical and powdery but i think i've found my forever body butter. i do use a different lotion for my arms and legs and such. but for my belly, butt, hips, and upper thighs, this is the stuff i seek. and maybe i'm crazy but i'm pretty sure my puberty stretch marks (butt, hips and thighs) are disappearing... just sayin.
hope this is helpful for all my ladies out there.
happy belly rubbing!