Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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Mother’s Friend

Stretch marks are not the worst side-effect of pregnancy but they sure aren’t a positive thing to look forward, either.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I never saw a stretch mark on my body until I became pregnant because the college freshman 15 beat Levi to the punch, but I’m still not prone to welcoming the marks with open arms.  I’m on a mission to nip this in the bud before it tries to over take my body.

My mother-in-law tells me that I need to “grease up like a greased pig,” at least that’s what she did during both of her pregnancies and she never got stretch marks.  Knowing this, I’m assuming that Blake gets his skin elasticity from his mom instead of his dad because his skin is some of the stretchiest skin I’ve ever seen!  Mine, not so much, so the stretching of the skin isn’t working out as well for me as it did for my mother-in-law!  My mom had twins and I don’t think she got stretch marks…

I bought Palmer’s cocoa butter almost as soon as I found out that I was pregnant, but I didn’t start using it (regrettably) until about my fourth month.  “Stretch marks won’t happen to me,” I thought, but I was REALLY wrong.  My mom told me about the “lotion” she used and my aunt used it, too:  Mother’s Friend.  My aunt sent me some the other day and I used it today… greased pig, here I come… it wasn’t a lotion (even though it says it is on the bottle), it’s an oil.  On the bright side, I feel like it’s working better than the Palmer’s and I’ve only used it once!

I’m so glad my mother-in-law, mom and aunt are looking out for me and my stretch marks!  Sometimes I forget about lathering my belly with lotions and oils and they remind me over the phone, something that I say is so important to me and I still need reminders!  Oh well, the unwanted stretch marks is a small price to pay in order to make sure Levi has enough room to move around in there; his comfort makes every mark worth it!  Blake reminds me all the time that I’m beautiful, and even if I don’t feel it at the time, it’s nice to know that he’s looking at me the way a husband should at his wife who’s carrying his child.

Are ya’ll having any problems with your skin stretching or have you even needed to use the creams and oils to help?

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4 Comments on “Mother’s Friend”

  • Breanna Sykes December 8th, 2010 11:25 am

    No stretch marks yet, Fingers crossed, knock on wood. I bought all the fancy lotions too but regrettably have only used them a couple times. This post makes me want to lotion up every 30 minutes though lol.

  • Dusti Coacher December 9th, 2010 1:25 pm

    I didn’t get stretch marks until about 37 weeks. I am trying to find a product that will help them to fade…

    The thing about strech marks is, they are hereditary. So, lathering up with all of the special creams and potions is great for your skin, but, if you are genetically predisposed for them… they are coming.

    Sorry to be a debbie downer… but I truly hope you ladies can avoid the dreaded stretch marks!

  • Breanna Sykes December 9th, 2010 2:31 pm

    I heard it was hereditary. I just don’t know how to tell if you are going to get them. My mom has them, but she is also a bigger woman and I know the majority of them are from that. Plus neither of my grandmothers have stretch marks.

    So I guess I’m just going to sit back and keep my fingers crossed haha

  • Jessica Brown Jessica Brown December 12th, 2010 10:10 pm

    It’s weird to hear that it’s hereditary because my mom had twins and she never got any stretch marks.. is it more the elasticity of the skin perhaps and not the stretch marks themselves that are hereditary?

    I’m only 26 weeks and I started to get them 2 weeks prior! I hate it, but the Mother’s Friend really seems to be helping me out!

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