2nd Trimester

Strech mark prevention

Hi there, does anyone have any preventative ideas for strech marks? I know they say cocoa butter is best but I cannot tolerate the smell! Ew! I know there have to be other things out there. What have you gals tried and what works? Thanks!!  I'm 4 mos along, so far no strech marks...

Re: Strech mark prevention

  • hope that you have good genes.  It's hereditary.
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  • My mom or grandmother did not get any, so fingers crossed!
  • Ditto on heredity.  No matter what you hear on the Palmer's Cocoa Butter commercials, there's really nothing you can do to prevent them...if it's going to happen, it's going to happen whether you slather on the salves and balms or not.

    FWIW, I got a few w/ DS#1 & a couple months in, they faded so much that you really couldn't tell they were there.

    Since you said your mom & grandma didn't have them, hopefully you won't get them either.

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  • There is no such thing as prevention.  It is hereditary. 
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    hope that you have good genes.  It's hereditary.

    This.

    Genetics is #1.  Other than that, drink lots of water and gain weight slowly.  Anyone who tells you that a cream or oil "prevented" their stretch marks is confusing correlation and causation.

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  • Agree with PPs; however, you can buy unscented Palmer's Cocoa Butter.  I don't mind the smell of the original stuff (and it has been working miracles on my pregnancy induced, horrendously dry skin!), but I have seen unscented recently at Wal-Mart.

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  • Well about the whole hereditary thing, I'd like to say that my Mom and sister got them but I never got any. I used Spoiled Mama Tummy Butter and Bio Oil when pregnant with DD1 and am using Palmer's Cocoa Butter and Bio Oil with this pregnancy. I use it twice a day. Hoping I escape them once again!
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  • I've been using the Palmer's cocoa butter - no stretch marks thus far! I honestly don't think the smell is too overwhelming....
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    Ditto on heredity.  No matter what you hear on the Palmer's Cocoa Butter commercials, there's really nothing you can do to prevent them...if it's going to happen, it's going to happen whether you slather on the salves and balms or not.

    FWIW, I got a few w/ DS#1 & a couple months in, they faded so much that you really couldn't tell they were there.

    Since you said your mom & grandma didn't have them, hopefully you won't get them either.

     This. I started getting them at 16 weeks (after only 2 lb weight gain), my mom and grandma had none. The cocoa butter, belly butter, and bio oil did nothing for me.



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    Ditto on heredity.  No matter what you hear on the Palmer's Cocoa Butter commercials, there's really nothing you can do to prevent them...if it's going to happen, it's going to happen whether you slather on the salves and balms or not.

    FWIW, I got a few w/ DS#1 & a couple months in, they faded so much that you really couldn't tell they were there.

    Since you said your mom & grandma didn't have them, hopefully you won't get them either.

     This. I started getting them at 16 weeks (after only 2 lb weight gain), my mom and grandma had none. The cocoa butter, belly butter, and bio oil did nothing for me.

    Thank you for this.

    All of the people who are saying "I used ___ and I didn't get stretch marks so it MUST work!" are spreading misinformation and/or are grossly misinformed about why the marks appear.

    Once again, just because you used a product and didn't get the marks DOES NOT mean the product "worked".

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  • I have the same issue with the Palmers.....hate the smell and it gives me red itchy bumps. I have been using Mama Mio products, tummy butter and tummy oil (all natural). They smell amazing, sort of a citrus scent. I know stretch marks are hereditary, but I am 5 months along with Twins and I haven't had any itching or dry skin using these products. It's worth the $$ just to not have itchy skin!
  • agree with many others. Your genes definitely play a role. I just try to stay well hydrated and like any lotion/body butter with shea butter/oils (grapeseed, olive, etc.) and no parabens. helps my skin feel good and less itchy as the belly grows! Fingers crossed for no stetch marks this pregnancy. was lucky with the first!
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  • I'm using Burt's Bees "Mama Bee" oil to keep the skin pliable so hopefully it stretches easier.  
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  • Completely agree with genes playing the biggest role. Looking at those you are related to is better than a blind guess,  but there are no guarantees. We get genetic material from both parents, and subsequently grandparents, etc. right on down the line.

    If you do get stretch marks perhaps you can blame your father :)

    I knew I would get them as I just have "that type of skin". I have stretch marks (now faded of course) on my knees from growing taller in Junior High! I also have them on my B sized boobs from when they finally decided to show-up! MY skin is just not good at stretching. Oh well, they fade and there is nothing I can do about it. :)

    Hope you have that super-stretchy wonderful skin!

     

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