A stretch mark free belly

1.09.2013

A small handful of you have emailed me asking what I do to prevent tiger stripes during pregnancy.  At the risk of sounding like a total know-it-all doucher, I am going to share my pregnancy lotion rituals.

I didn't get any stretch marks from my pregnancy with Eva.  My Mom and other family members all have stretch marks so I am definitely not on the "genetically lucky" train.  I gained 33 pounds (about a third of my total body weight) throughout the pregnancy so I am also not on the "Oh you barely even look pregnant!" train. I blow up.

With all of that being said, here is my secret.
I am obsessive about applying Bio Oil and then lathering up with cocoa butter.  Bio Oil is sort of expensive ($20+ for a bottle) but my cheap frugal self happily purchases bottle after bottle of this magical serum.  I re-apply this combo every morning, every night, and every time I take a shower.  If my skin feels tight, I run upstairs and add some more.  I start applying both the oil and the cocoa butter when I find out that I am pregnant and continue throughout the pregnancy until the bitter end.  In the second trimester, I go through about 1 big bottle of Bio Oil and 1 tub of cocoa butter per month.  I would guess that I use about a third more during the last trimester.  During the last trimester, I tried to keep my belly "sticky" with product all day/night and would re-apply multiple times throughout the day.

Since we're at it, here is the rest of my lotion routine.  I use
on my crows feet and forehead lines.  I am not sold.  Maybe I got too used to the magical powers of the needle (Botox) but after months of use, I don't think I really see any improvement.

In a pathetic attempt at not looking like an east coaster in the middle of the winter, I use
Jergens daily tanning lotion on my arms, legs, shoulders and chest in the morning and night.  It is cheap and effective enough but the smell bugs my pregnant nose.  Anyone have a better recommendation?

During the day, I use Oil of Olay moisturizer and
Loreal BB Cream under my foundation.

My skin loses it's mind when I am pregnant so I use
Clearasil every night.  It is benzoyl peroxide with no salicylic acid so it is pregnancy safe.

My night time bedtime routine takes about 20 minutes and my morning lotion routine takes about the same.  When I am not pregnant, I add a Retin A product during my night time ritual to help with skin tone.  I also rub pure vitamin E oil on my lips every night before bed.

Now you guys know what works for me.  If writing this post cursed me into a belly full of stretch marks this time around, I can guarantee my house will be filled with big old crocodile tears and pouting.  I will also blame you, dear readers, for the lines on my belly for jinxing me.

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21 comments:

  1. Where do you buy that bio oil? I need to start using some!!! and I really need to buy that tanning lotion - I hate being so pale!!

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    1. I buy BioOil at Target but they have it everywhere!

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  2. Bio Oil is good stuff! Over time I went back to using regular Baby Oil...applied while in shower. Worked like majic for both my pregnancies! Love that Jergens lotion too it really does as it promises!

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  3. Totally wish I could go back 1 year and 9 months ago and lather up every day of my pregnancy. My stomach looks like I got in a fight with a bear and lost.

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  4. Just don't stop your routine! I quit religiously using cocoa butter during this last pregnancy for a few days and I have a tiny stretch mark now. Ugh. I think it'll go away, though with some attention! I used cocoa butter with both pregnancies, too. I was happy with it b/c like you, my family has stretch marks, too so it's not a genetic gift.
    My grandmother is often mistaken for my mom and she swears by religiously using moisturizer. I really need to start being better about it.

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  5. I am SO jealous of those who got through their pregnancies without stretch marks! I lathered up multiple times every day and it still looks like I was mauled by a cat around my belly button.

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  6. You should try L'Occitane's shea butter - it's incredible! I'm 39.5 weeks now and not a single stretch mark (yet). One tin has lasted me the whole pregnancy, too!

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing this!! I use the same Palmer's lotion and slather it on like crazy. I have a few others I mix on. Maybe I will have to give that Bio oil a try during these last few months. As my stomach grows tighter, I find myself checking for stretch marks more often. I have them on my chest from yrs and yrs ago...some on my thighs...I'm hoping my stomach gives me a break ;)
    Have a great day!
    Xox
    Maria

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  8. I LOVE that Loreal BB Cream! Picked it up a couple of months ago, and I cannot comprehend how I possibly lived without it before then!

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  9. I hope I'm able to keep a stretch-mark-free belly in the future when my "someday" finally shows up! I'll keep all this in mind ;) I have that Jergens tanning lotion but am terrible about putting it on.

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  10. Good to know for when I get pregnant someday!!! I'm terrified of getting a bazillion humongous stretch marks that will never go away...as far as I know my mom doesn't have many (I don't know about my grandma) but I'm still paranoid!

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  11. Nice! Thanks for sharing the info. I read bio oil also works afterwards. I didn't get stretch marks on my belly BUT I got it on my ankles from all the swelling! Go figure!!! Using the bio oil daily on them. Fingers crossed!

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  12. I'm impressed you didn't deal wtih stretch marks and don't now - you're amazing! Thanks for sharing your lotion routine. Do you like the Clearasil? I'm not great with keeping up a beauty routine, but you're inspiring me ;)

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  13. Great tips, thank you!

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  14. Awesome read! I was a tight wad during my pregnancy so I used average lotions and I wasn't diligent with them until my second trimester. I was pretty impressed to not have stretch marks in my third trimester, but oops. I forgot to look UNDER my belly. I carried really low. I was bummed! After I had her though, and the skin gathered together, they where EVERYWHERE! I think I did cry a little. But now they are so little and faint that, sometimes I don't even notice them. This sounds like a fantastic defense girlie. One I will definitely try "if" we decide to have another baby ;) Good luck!

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  15. Benzoyl is safe: http://www.livestrong.com/article/86872-benzoyl-peroxide-pregnant/

    Salicylic acid is not: http://www.babycenter.com/0_safe-skin-care-during-pregnancy_1490031.bc#articlesection2

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    1. Oops! I wrote it wrong above but be assured that the clearasil IS actually benzoyl peroxide and not salicylic acid and IS pregnancy safe. I just wrote it wrong above. Thanks for your concern. :)

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  16. Thanks for sharing lady.

    And to anonymous - You could at least attach your name.

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  17. I loved the organic palmers when I was prego!! I never thought to use the jergens, I used to use that when I was in high school before I started fake baking, but then I stopped doing all tanning stuff all together and ended up being pale lol!!

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  18. Bio Oil and Palmer's didn't work for me!

    Love, your sister (who inherited the crappy stretch mark genes.)

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