One of the things I was nervous about happening during pregnancy was getting stretch marks that would be with me for the rest of my life. I have been diligently trying a variety of products daily to thwart this time honored tradition. I am happy to say (and I know I am jinxing it) but so far, nada one. I feel like perhaps it's because it's just too early, but I'm rounding on 19 weeks and my belly is quite round and protruding further than it ever has before. I know, I know, it's just the start of it "just wait until the end" you will say.... I can hear it in my head already.
The one thing I really make an effort to apply is my magnesium lotion. I started applying this because I heard it helps with nausea early in pregnancy. It also helps to prevent cramps (like leg cramps especially, ouch!) Magnesium also plays a role in blood sugar regulation, so hopefully trying to prevent gestational diabetes. After reading some research, which determined that more research was necessary before concluding definitively, I figured it couldn't hurt.
The one I use is from a brand called Earthly, which is a small batch, natural brand that makes lots of great products. I use a small dollop nightly and it has lasted me months. It is a little grimy on my fingers afterwards, but not horrible and goes away quickly. [[side note! This also really helped me sleep during pregnancy! ]] Magnesium is an important mineral for everyone to have daily, but pregnant women especially need this! When applied topically, like in this lotion, it is absorbed by your skin and you actually get the most out of it! That is what my doula told me anyway. You can get it from lots of different vegetables and fruits as well. Another way to get magnesium is to take an epsom salt bath. That is a lot more time consuming than rubbing the lotion on though, so I do the lotion thing.
This is my assortment of lotions and potions I am using to try to beat this and stop it in its tracks. I am using only all natural products and applying before bed every night.
Recently, I started to get itchy during the day, which I am taking as a sign that I am stretching, so I am now going to apply morning and night.
Anyone have any tips for this? Anyone successfully avoid stretch marks or are overly concerned about them like I am?
33 weeks and still doing well stretch mark wise!! I have basically just kept it to the magnesium good night lotion and it's working miracles. No ugly red and purple lines! As a side note, I had a bruise on my arm and it wasn't going away until I put some of this magnesium lotion on. I think it really did the trick!
UPDATE 2!: Post pregnancy and can report no stretch marks and sound sleep throughout pregnancy with this lotion!
I literally hunted far and wide for maternity leggings that were Okeo-Tex certified. I knew I would be partly living in them for at least an 8 hour chunk of my day, so they should be amazing. I am so happy that I did eventually find some because my old leggings were cutting off my circulation. I found THE BEST leggings!! A brand that I've never heard of but came across after many failed attempts at finding leggings. The company is called Boob Design (direct, I know). It is a European based company that specializes in maternity wear. I found my leggings and my bathing suit on here and could not be more pleased!! You don't even need to be pregnant to enjoy the comfort of these leggings!
The name is called 'Once On Never Off Leggings,' and they are correct. I have to psych myself up to take them off and sometimes try to reason about why I should just continue wearing them. They are THAT good. What I didn't love was the price ($55) and the added shipping cost to get it to the US from Europe. Amazon Prime has spoiled me and paying for shipping seems like a way to get extra money out of me. Now some may say $50 for leggings? Are you nuts? Old Navy has them for $15 (I actually have no idea if Old Navy has maternity leggings-- or their cost). Others may say, I usually pay $100 so that's a bargain! Whatever your situation, I feel like you need to own at least one pair. They do have sales so if your interested by don't want to pay full price, join their mailing list to be alerted for sales. I bought black and gray and am considering getting a second so when I have to wash it, I can then put another pair on...
.....just kidding.. kinda.
The company is also very eco-friendly and their textiles are non-toxic. They don't just look for the less expensive materials. I love supporting companies that are doing the right thing! Sometimes, in my mind at least, that justifies the cost...like "at least those deceptive, toxin loving companies don't profit" kind of thing.
The point is, check them out! They have other clothes too, but I'm not too impressed with their styles or colors. I'm really in it for the leggings and bathing suit (which was so clutch this summer and will be next summer when I'm nursing). I need to try their bra next.
Link is below if you want to learn more.