Let’s talk about stretch marks, shall we?
I don’t have them yet, but have a sneaky suspicion that they are just around the corner. The belly is growing rapidly now and my cute “innie” belly button is quickly becoming an uncute “outie.” While going through puberty I got pretty bad stretch marks on my hips that wrapped around to my rump. Realistically, I know my chances of getting pregnancy stretch marks are pretty high.
Which brings me to stretch mark prevention. I have been told by zillions of people that creams and oils don’t make a lick of difference when it comes to who gets stretch marks and who does not. I also know that if I sit back for nine months and do nothing to “prevent them,” that I’ll always look back and think “maybe had I just spent the $20 on that tub of crap that smells like a coconut…” In addition, this rapidly growing belly (and behind, and thighs) itch mightily when I’m not slathering them with something super creamy/oily at least once a day. No one wants to be friends with the pregnant lady who sits around scratching herself like a flea ridden dog, yanno?
I’ve tried several products since getting pregnant. I tried some Palmer’s and it was ok, but the thick cream didn’t absorb into my skin very well and the thinner lotion just didn’t feel like it was doing enough good. I have gone through six tubs of Dream Belly and love it, but, at $14.95 a tub it is quickly getting too be too much. I unearthed a bottle of Bio Oil I bought back when I was pregnant the first time (smacks head – who buy stretch mark stuff at 6 weeks pregnant?) and started using it when I ran out of Dream Belly and Palmer’s.
The smell of the Bio Oil is not the best, but man does my skin look pretty when I’m using it. I’m soft, smooth and my coloring just looks more alive. It also does not feel greasy when I’m hot and sweaty. This afternoon I was all set to buy another bottle when, for some reason, I thought I’d Google it’s safety during pregnancy. And what do I find? It’s not safe. BUT the bottle says it is safe for all stages of pregnancy… What?
So I’m coming to you all: Have you done anything to ward of stretch marks during pregnancy (don’t tell me you “only gained 20 pounds” in order to avoid them because this lady is already up 25 and still has 11 weeks to go!) Do/did you have a favorite product to help with the itchy? And what do you make of all these internet claims that everything you touch, smell and look at will in some way harm your baby?
In other news, I’m still sick. My cough has morphed into this disgusting rattling smoker sounding monster and now my belly and back ache from coughing all night long. I went to the doctor today hoping for some magical cure and I got a bunch of “being sick when pregnant is tough… use a neti pot.” GAG. I do not like pouring water in my nose, nor do I like when it comes out the other side. Alas, I’ll do what my good doctor says and neti pot tonight so hopefully I feel slightly better before boarding a plane to Florida in 10 days for my little brothers wedding!