I remember when I was 37 weeks pregnant with Minki… I was sitting on the couch with my bulging bump, telling my husband that baby needed to get out NOW! There’s no way that my tummy could stretch anymore.
I couldn’t believe that my once flat tummy was able to stretch like that… I knew that the inevitable was bound to happen – stretch marks.
But thanks to Mustela – an amazing stretchmarks prevention oil, I walked away with absolutely no scars. I’m almost 20 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby and no matter how tired I am, I put on some miracle cream before I go to bed.
- It’s Lightly Fragranced
I don’t know if it’s just me but my sense of smell has went into overdrive and I can’t even bear wearing my favourite perfume, let alone a strange overpowering scent on my bump.
- It Absorbs Easily
Since I can remember, I have hated body lotion. Weird, but true. I just don’t like my legs and arms all sticky… So rubbing lotion on my bump is not my idea of fun, but this dry oil texture absorbs real quick into the skin, leaving it soft and silky to touch! No stickiness guaranteed!
According to mustela.com 90% women will be left with stretch marks. Although each scar bears testimony to an amazing feat your body has accomplished – you can prevent stretch marks.
1. Massage with oil!
Apply some oil to the palm of your hands and massage your belly for 2 minutes. Move to your hips, thighs and breasts (where stretch marks are most likely to appear) and repeat the process morning and evening.
2. Drink up!
Yes, you read this everywhere and it’s a cliché but it’s so important to stay hydrated. Why? Because the water you drink provides your skin with the hydration necessary for it to remain healthy. Keep your skin cells healthy and hydrated with at least 8 glasses of water per day.
3. Get up!
Exercise will keep your skin firm and help prevent stretch marks. When you suffer from nausea (like I do) exercise is not really an option, but you can still take a quick walk around the block.
4. Eat well (or better)!
Again you’ve heard this before. And no judgement here: I have a KitKat a day… But do try and make some changes to your diet and you will be surprised. Stock up on fruit and veggies and steer clear of junk food, fried food and anything processed.
Also cut the sugary drinks and replace these with tea or water. Easier said than done, I know!
5. Stress less!
Take some time out of your busy schedule and put up those swollen ankles. When you are stressed, your body releases hormones that can interfere with your skin’s natural healing and regulation process. Find your stress-free zone and do not feel guilty taking some time for YOURSELF!
6. Be patient…
I know you can’t wait to jump back into your bikini or stylish one piece but give it some time Mama… Your body carried a little human for 9 months. It will take some time to get back to your former glory.
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