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Stretch Mark Cream: What works (or waste of money)??(132 Posts)
Ok so I am pregnant with #1, about 9 weeks or so according to Dr Google.
In a vain attempt to prevent stretch marks I have been lathering Bio Oil and Palmers cocoa butter (not together) all over my boobs, back, hips and tum for a while and wanted to see what others are using/have used in the past and most importantly if they are any good
I'm aware that regardless of what I smother myself in I may still end up with stretch marks - but at least I tried right???
I asked a dermatologist once while I was in hospital having a mole removed, he said he had been debating that very week with his colleagues whether cream/oil can prevent stretch marks and none of them knew for sure... I used it religiously on my stomach with all three pregnancies and had no stretch marks. I forgot to put it on my boobs during my first pregnancy though and got some horrible ones!
Funnily enough stretch marks are what I was most worried about when I first found out I was pregnant, of all the things . I have a ton of stretch marks on my arse and I figured, they'd show up on my thighs, and stomach too. Tons of research later, I opted for unrefined, organic shea butter from a website called She by Nature or something. The commercial stuff is basically sapped out of its benefits, but the natural stuff mimics the skin elasticity. Two babies later - no stretchmarks and I buy the stuff for all my friends who get preggers.
I have no stretch marks after two pregnancies and I used nothing. I am hoping it's been said before but the damage is done deep - a long way under the layers of skin that creams could affect. Creams can prevent moisture escaping from dry skin but they don't put anything in, other than into the very top mostly dead layers.
I had my first DC last June, and I'm no spring chicken. My mum had stretch marks on her tum, boobs and thighs from her pregnancies, so with this info and my age taken into account, I'd assumed I was likely to as well. I used plain old olive oil until I was eight months PG, then used the Covent Garden stretch mark oil that was in a gift pack I got from someone. Didn't get any stretch marks and saved a considerable sum by not buying Bio Oil (I spent this on rasberry ripple ice cream instead ).
I think genetics plays a part. Neither my mum or either of my grandmothers had stretchmarks. I didn't get any at all, although my DC's came out at 37 weeks and 39 weeks, may have been different if I'd gone overdue.
Whilst I put on almost 3 stone during both my pregnancies I did use bio-oil, drink loads of water and eat plenty of olive oil, nuts, salads etc. Mind you, I did sunbathe quite a bit too but my stomach still looks ok.
My doctor told me during an examination of my bump at about 26 weeks that I was lucky because I had the type of skin that meant I wouldn't get any, I thought he was just being nice but it was true.
I used bio oil and now cannot bear the smell of it, yuk! I think it really is a genetic thing unfortunately.
Congrats and enjoy your bump whatever happens
I have always suffered stretch marks through my teens and pregnancies. During my third pregnancy I have been taking Pregnacare fish oil every day and have seen a huge difference in my skin. I've never eaten fish or supplemented before, so this led me to wonder whether fish oil can help prevent stretch marks and I found this website:
I am definitely going to try this as my stretch marks have got worse each pregnancy. I've tried mamma mio, bio oil, palmers etc... so hoping internal treatment might help??
I has sm's before when I lost weight so def prone to them but used bio and palmers with DD and didn't get a single new one.
I believe they make a difference..with my first I hardly used them..mustve only been a couple of times..I got them. When I'm pregnant my weight gain seems to be my legs and bum. So I have them quite bad on my legs top and calves, which was from my first pregnancy they have now near enough gone. I felt confident wearing hotpants and what not! Couldn't see them.Lol.I'm now 34 weeks into my second and have been using bio-oil and cocoa butter as well as dove moisturiser near enough everyday and voila NO NEW marks :D and my old ones haven't gone red or anything from stretching..still have time though so fingers are crossed!
Sweet almond oil, cheap, smell lovely and works....
Enjoy your bump
Waste of money - cocoa butter, bio oil.
Well worth the money - mummies with tummies oil, skinception argan oil
I am having my third baby and am desperate to avoid more stretch marks. Stupidly I used bio-oil and cocoa butter for the first two pregnancies. I currently use mummies with tummies due to it being cheaper than skinception. It also slightly edges it out since it is not as greasy and has a nicer aroma. Both are excellent though and I would strongly recommend any one of them if you want to avoid stretch marks.
I'd say waste of money. I religiously lathered on bio oil in my 1st pregnancy & was very pleased as a result I didn't get any stretch Marks. I'm now 32wks with 2nd, have only put any kind of lotion or oil on once in past 32 weeks & not a stretch mark in sight. Plus I'm HUGE. I think it must be just genetics. As must the fact that my arse immediately doubles in size the second I am pregnant!
I think some people just get them and others don't. My friend bought me a pregnancy oil from a brand called Neom, and I used it all the time, i thought it was fab. It worked for me and smelt lovely - highly recommend it. Think it was called Cocoon oil but they do other ones too which I fancy trying.
Using cocoa butter once or twice a day, now huge at 35 weeks and got no stretch marks in sight! Good for me as I already had a few previous stretch marks from when I lost lots of weight as a teenager, so knew I was prone to them.
Still got a few weeks to go til I can be sure though!!
Oh, also OP - don't forget to cream your bum!! My mum never did hers, thinking it was unaffected, and it's the only place she got them post pregnancy!!
I got none which may have been luck but I used Burt Bees mama bee oil and I'm going to buy it again this time. I also ate a lot of nuts and seeds and oily fish and I think that may be the key.
I'm using nothing, not even moisturising and don't eat fish, I have none yet, 33+4
Based on a vague knowledge of how bodies work, I would say that no cream or oil will prevent stretch marks if you're genetically pre-disposed to get them, and so if your close relatives have them, spending loads of money on lotions and potions will be a waste of money. However, using a good-quality moisturiser certainly can't hurt, and will help with the itchiness and dryness.
Your best bet is to drink lots and lots of water, and to eat plenty of vitamin and mineral-rich foods and healthy fats. But bear in mind that this will work better if you've been doing it all your life, rather than starting during pregnancy, and it also won't prevent them completely in everyone. Some people will get them no matter what they do, and some people never get them at all.
It's also worth mentioning that if you already have them, you're likely to get more (because the skin in that area is already stretched past its limit), and things like being overweight can make them more likely, because your skin is already stretched more than that of someone who isn't.
I´m 38 weeks and have been using Palmer Strech Mark cream in the mornings and Boots own Stretch Mark Oli in the evenings. Its much cheaper than bio oil and does the same job( got no stretch marks yet)
Unfortunately, it doesn't really matter if no woman ever in your family had stretch marks during pregnancy. It's your body that determines it.
My mum didn't have a single stretch mark during all three of her pregnancies and didn't use a drop of cream or oil (bare in mind her youngest is 20 yrs old and oldest is 26 yrs old so all these potions weren't around then)
However, I am 31weeks pregnant and only just started getting stretch marks and I use cream and oils everyday. I also don't really have a huge bump, it is small and round and I haven't put on any weight.
It is just one of those things. I will continue to use cream and oils for the rest of my pregnancy to minimise the amount of stretch marks but you just have to accept that it is highly likely you will develop stretch marks probably in the last half of your pregnancy.
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Someone told me exfoliating can help as it helps to stimulate collagen production. I scrub daily with one of those rough sponge-things & use Palmers cream. Worked in my 2 previous pregnancies so fingers crossed this time too! Probably there is a genetic factor, but I got stretch marks on my hips, boobsand legs during puberty, so I like to think I'm doing something right to avoid them in pregnancy
Just to say that Primark (at least both the ones I have been to in London) had loads of BioOil last weekend around the till and in the random bits section (where they have water bottles, gloves etc.) for only £6 for 200ml.
Worth a try if you are a fan and don't want to pay the RRP of £20.
Cowshed- Udderly Gorgeous Stretchmark balm in big round pot.
Amazing!! Am 32 weeks and it will last me despite lathering it on every night. So far- massive bump & not 1 stretch mark. Its gorgeous texture and smells amazing...as my mums says- people say creams might not work but it's like oiling old leather, it can only help keep it taut & smooth!
If a friend gets pg will def buy this as a gift.
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