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?