Preventing Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

I am in my 26th week of pregnancy and my bump has fully sprouted! Ever since I found out I was pregnant I have been moisturizing my belly twice a day to help prevent stretch marks as much as I can. I have been researching the best way to assist in preventing stretch marks and the tips that I have found the easiest to follow are from Mustela, a skincare company. Keep reading below to read the tips!

  • Eat a Healthy Diet
    • Eating a healthy diet is a great 1st way to prevent stretch marks because they form from rapid weight gain. Obviously you cannot control all of the weight gain because you are growing a human baby so you should be putting on weight, but keeping it in a controlled healthy limit.
      • I will be the first to say I am not perfect at this but I do try as much as possible. I also think it is very important to listen to what your body wants too!
  • Hydrate your Skin Twice Daily
    •  Another great way to prevent stretch marks is moisturizing your body twice daily. I have been applying the Mustela Soothing Moisturizing Balm when I wake up in the morning and at night before I go to bed.
    • Hydrating balms and creams work by increasing your skin’s elasticity and it allows your skin to expand and grow without tearing and forming stretch marks.
  • Apply a Stretch Mark Prevention Cream or Oil
    • The best way i’ve been told to prevent stretch marks is applying stretch mark prevention creams or oils and I use both of them from Mustela. The stretch marks prevention cream and the stretch marks prevention oil from Mustela are also great products. Like I mentioned, I have been using them since I found out I was pregnant and my skin is extra soft.
    • The Mustela products are great because they are made with natural products. To be honest before I was pregnant I did not really care what type of skin care products I used on my body but now since I am growing a tiny human being in my body I like to look for products that are free of harmful ingredients.
  • Exfoliate Stretch Mark-Prone Areas Once a Week
    • This is a new tip that I have not been using but I am going to start ASAP! By exfoliating your stomach, hips, thighs, and chest once per week it removes the dry and dead skin cells that may prevent your moisturizers and creams from penetrating to the lower layers of skin. My esthetician I go to every six weeks for facials is always telling me how important it is for your skin to exfoliate.
    • Some natural exfoliants that are great to use to exfoliate are baking soda and witch hazel. Both of these ingredients can be applied directly to the skin without there being any damage to your skin. For added exfoliation you can rub stretch mark-prone areas with baking soda during your shower and apply witch hazel immediately after.
  • Massage Your Skin to Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy
    • Since moisturizers and creams only take minutes to apply if you take 10 minutes once a day to massage your creams into your skin there are many more benefits.
      • It keeps skin supple and elastic
      • It pushes the cream deep into your skin where it can do the most good
      • It breaks up any stretch marks that may have started to form
      • It directs blood to the skin to keep everything healthy
    • To get the most from your stretch mark massage, it is recommended to first apply a healthy dollop of cream to your fingertips. Then, massage this cream into your skin using gentle pressure and small circular movements. If you do this everyday you will see amazing results!

I still have 14 weeks to go so I obviously will continue to grow, but I am going to keep following these 5 steps and post pregnancy I will let you know how successful it was! If you are pregnant or just looking for some natural skin care products go check out Mustela because they have many options for all people and babies too!

If you have been pregnant before, do you have any tips to help prevent stretch marks? If you are currently expecting have you been doing a special routine to help prevent stretch marks? I would love to hear your comments below!

Xo, Leah

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