If you really want to prevent stretch marks, try not to gain too much weight. With my first daughter, I ritually used oils and lotions everyday to prevent stretch marks. But I had pre-eclampsia and got freakishly swollen toward the end of my pregnancy. In the last 2 months, I gained about 1 lb a day (in water weight, swelling). I didn't get stretch marks until 38 weeks. I'm sure if I hadn't gained so much, I wouldn't have gotten stretch marks because I had gained 55lbs by the time I was 38 weeks. But my body couldn't handle any more, I got so big, I ended up with stretch marks on my thighs and belly button area. On the plus side, since the majority of my weight gain was swelling, I lost 50 lbs within 5 weeks of giving birth! Then it took me a year or so to lose the 20lbs left.
not to change the subject - but if you see a cute headband for a good price, consider stocking up.About 3 months post-partum, all the hair that would have fallen out during the time I was pregnant shed off at once. It left me with new little hairs growing in like fringe everywhere. They of course are still growing out from my first and look ridiculous. Not excited to embark on this again...
When you are approaching your due date, the methods used to estimate baby size (weight) are REALLY inaccurate. The baby is just too relatively big and scrunched up in there to get perspective for that. I had read this before going into a 36 week ultrasound and the tech told me I had an 8lb baby at that time. Yikes... was I gonna have a 10lber in a month?! I said something along the lines of "aren't these measurements really tough to get accurate at this stage... like even +/- 2lbs?" and she was like no. Your baby's 8 lbs right now. She was young. Anyways... 3 weeks later DS was born 6lbs 5oz.I just say this because if your told your baby is big before birth and you're like ...crap that thing's not coming out of my body no way, just know that they don't really know. And ultrasound techs don't get the opportunity to compare their estimates with birth weights generally so they may not realize how off they are.
Even in the delivery room the doctor was saying I needed to get a C-section because (among other things) judging by my baby's head it was a 9lbs baby. Turns out he was a 7lbs baby with an enormous noggin
Midwives are generally really skilled at palpating (feeling a baby though your stomach) and guessing the birth weight. 2 of the 5 midwives I've seen in my years guessed my babies birth weight with in just a few ounces... 7.7 (she said 7.5) and 8.10 (she said 8.8) all the the others have guessed at least in the same pound. I ask every time to see how close they are. That's a heck of a lot better than what ultrasounds compute as the weight late in pregnancy. My best friend was told she needed an induction (that failed and turned into a c-section) because her baby was going to be over 9lbs... He was under 6 lbs! She was horrified and so angry! He probably had weeks still to "cook" and and she had to go through the stress of an induction her body wasn't ready for! Not ok.