Stetch marks and other things

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TessaS's picture
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Stetch marks and other things

Ok...so I know it is a bit early to worry about Stretch marks (even though I already feel like a cow at times lol), but this is my first pregnancy. What works the best for stretch marks? Any other must haves for taking care of a prego body for the coming months? So much to learn Smile

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Other than controlling your weight gain and the rate of weight gain. I've always thought that stretch marks are either your prone to them or your not. I had alot with DS but they have faded alot since he was born.

Lots of Lotion. I found that my skin got alot drier during my last pregnancy so I got really good and thick lotion for the winter. My other must have is a good pregnancy pillow for later on. Different people like different kinds. Personally I like this kind...
http://www.amazon.com/Leachco-Snoogle-Total-Body-Pillow/dp/B0000635WI/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1323213639&sr=1-1

Thats all I'm coming up with at the moment. I will add on if I think of anything else.

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Definitely lotion! My belly gets so itchy as it gets bigger, and lotion is the only thing that helps. I also love my body pillow. Oh, a good bra, but you just need to buy those as you grow. My girls get really uncomfortable though. Hmmmm.....what else? Maternity clothes obviously, and I would recommend buying as you need, or a bit 'lighter' than you usually would wear for the season. I always joke that the baby is like a furnace in my belly. I am already starting to get hot with this one.

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According to a book I'm reading for my dissertation, if you keep your core muscles in good shape throughout your pregnancy, your belly will pooch less and you will have fewer stretch marks. Here's the book in case anyone is interested:

Maternal Fitness

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Oh, and PS, since my dissertation is on prenatal and postpartum core exercises, and c-section and abdominal rehabilitation, be prepared for me to be an annoying broken record on these things. Smile :)

Joined: 11/04/11
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I found previously that the Nutrogena Rain Bath worked great for really dry skin. As far as stretch marks, I think they are hereditary. My mom was and still is in awesome shape and her lower stomach looks like a road map and so does mine and we both used cocoa butter all the time. Also my boobs have them too. Agh.... so gross!

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I was a religious lotion/oil user with my first 2 and it didn't make one bit of difference......With my DD I had a lot of minimal ones on my lower belly that faded with time. My DS was almost 13 lbs so needless to say there is no special lotion to prevent stretch marks from happening there..... I basically have stretch marks from my boobs to my hips and some pretty thick ones that are like 1/2 inch wide, but they did fade to clear after the first year.....I say if you get them wear them proudly!! We certainly earned them Smile

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Thank you for all of that advice. So, no special special lotion worked better than others? Going to look in those pregnancy pillows and that bath stuff. Ty!

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"SunDevil28" wrote:

Oh, and PS, since my dissertation is on prenatal and postpartum core exercises, and c-section and abdominal rehabilitation, be prepared for me to be an annoying broken record on these things. Smile :)

Awesome! Looking forward to all the great advice, solicited and unsolicited, you've got for us for the next several months! (I love all free advice!) Biggrin

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I have heard Cocoa butter works best - but I used it twice a day every day of my last pregnancy and my tummy is SOOOOO gross w/ stretch marks - it upset me at first, but now I just see it as a part of me, a part that carried my DS lovingly for 9 months..a very important part of my life - almost like a tattoo to remind me of that time! Also I have so little time to think about or worry about it anyway!

I totally agreed with the body pillow - I took mine out a few nights ago and sleep so much better with it - espcially once you can no longer sleep on your tummy or back, it is needed!!!!

I also wearing a sleeping bra / ot cotton nursing bra, or a cami w/ a light built in bra to bed, my boobs are so sore I can never be without a bra anymore - even for sleep!