Stretch marks. Every pregnant woman’s enemy!
When I was pregnant with my first child, I went to all lengths to prevent stretch marks. What I am about to confess will surely have you questioning my sanity! OR, maybe…you will wonder why you didn’t think of my idea. I guess it just depends on how much you fear(ed) stretch marks!!!
My first pregnancy came as a surprise. At 20 years old, little did I know that stretch marks were the least of my worries! Oh to go back to that time. If only I could tell my young self that there would bigger fish to fry than a few stretch marks imposing on my perfect skin! Never the less, here it is, for your entertainment (and my embarrassment).
I would start nightly routine by lathering jojoba oil over every inch of my body. Next, I would call my sister into the room. God knows, she is the only one I could allow to see this ridiculous routine. She would hold the saran wrap while I twirled round and round until my entire trunk was wrapped up like a saran covered mummy! I would leave my mummified body to soak in the oil for the next 4 or 5 hours!
9 years, and 2 more kids later… I am thankful that I took great care of my skin while pregnant, but even more thankful for the knowledge I have acquired! Much has been learned, and I have much to share! While hydrating and feeding your skin can help limit or reduce stretch marks, sometimes, there is nothing that can prevent them completely (sigh).
Stretch marks happen when your body grows faster than your skin can keep up with. This causes the elastic fibers just under the surface of the skin to break, resulting in stretch marks. If you have them, you’re in good company. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 90% of women will get them sometime after their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. Some people are able to avoid them altogether. Genetics play a big factor. If your mother had stretch marks, then you’re more likely to have them too and vise versa. If you have a lighter complexion, you will tend to develop pinkish stretch marks. Darker-skinned women tend to get stretch marks that are lighter than their skin tone.
Okay, enough of that! Here is what you can do to help!!
1. Drink a lot of water! Aim for eight 8-ounce glasses per day (64 fluid ounces) of fluid, plus one 8-ounce cup for each hour of light activity.
2. Keep your skin hydrated with a nutrient rich cream or Body Butter. I recommend BodyFood, or Naked BodyFood. Both are extremely hydrating, anti-aging and nutrient rich. They also penetrate the skin much deeper than a lot of other choices out there. BodyFood (and Naked BodyFood) will help your look smoother and more toned, and help the itchiness that can come with your growing belly.
3. Focus on the fading. Let’s just be realistic. Sometimes, you can’t avoid the little buggers. Some stretch marks naturally fade to faint, silvery lines. Others remain darker and more showy. The best time to treat the marks, is while they’re still in that reddish stage. I recommend using TheSerum to help fade your marks! Organic tamanu oil, organic roseship oil, vitamin e and the blend of organic essential oils work together to encourage healing and fading! Your marks will fade. If they still bother you after fading… there are other things you can try. These other options include things I would rather not talk about. They involve chemicals, lasers and other approaches that can cause more harm than good (in my opinion). But there are other options if you just can’t deal.
So there you have it! You don’t really need to wrap yourself in saran wrap…but you do need to do something! Consider using BodyFood to help prevent and TheSerum to help fade the marks that can’t be avoided. These are products that are here to help you! No matter what you choose to apply to your growing belly/stretch marks, remember to be consistent. It may take months to notice a remarkable difference. You may even want to take before and after photos to track the progress. When you’re learning how to naturally get rid of stretch marks, it’s easy to imagine this miraculous transformation overnight, and you may be one of the lucky ones who sees rapid results. However, in most cases, the stretch marks will fade gradually. That’s why we recommend taking before and after shots to monitor your progress. Stay consistent, eat well, and make sure your skin stays hydrated for the best results.
Peace, Love, and GRACE