One of the best things about being pregnant is that you can really take time for yourself without feeling guilty (as well as the excuse to eat for two!). One of the worst things can be stretch marks and the worry of getting them. There are things you can do to avoid or minimise them that can become part of your everyday routine during your pregnancy.
But aren’t stretch marks hereditary? Sort of. The appearance of stretch marks is a sign of the collagen breaking down in your skin and while this is hereditary, a belly facial will help maintain your skins elasticity and aid in rebuilding that collagen.
My mum has terrible stretch marks from her pregnancies but my sister and I are both stretch mark free. So I know that it’s not all in the genes. I was careful to moisturize throughout my pregnancy and I drank lots of water.
I can’t recommend moisturizing enough. The massaging movements when you moisturise your skin helps to improve your circulation and encourages new tissue to grow. It is also a lovey feeling to be touching your skin with your baby underneath it.
There are plenty of moisturising creams available that are safe to use during pregnancy but why not treat yourself to something even better? Try a bellyfacial, a product new to the UK and totally amazing for you and your skin. This is a simple treatment that will leave your tummy feeling wonderfully soft and also helps to relieve the discomfort associated with stretching skin. Regular belly facials can help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks caused by pregnancy.
Eternal Maternal’s bellyfacial™ is the ONLY belly facial on the retail market and is quickly becoming a favorite among expectant mothers everywhere!
Safe at any stage of your pregnancy, the bellyfacial™ will hydrate your skin and help return the elasticity that is so important in preventing stretch marks. Formulated from coconut milk for gentle exfoliation, oatmeal to soothe itchiness, and honey to promote hydration, all you have to do is add water! Each jar contains enough for up to three full applications.
Want even more bliss? They also have a deluxe belly facial kit that includes Eternal Maternal’s proprietary hand-blended natural oils for you to mix with the bellyfacial instead of water plus a brush for easy application. This is one product you simply shouldn’t be without during your pregnancy. As with the standard bellyfacial, each kit contains enough for up to three full applications and makes an ideal gift for the expectant mother that loves to be pampered.
The bellyfacial™ contains no chemical compounds, no dyes or artificial fragrances. Just natural ingredients that are good for you and your bump. As Eternal Maternal say for themselves “By mindful mothers for mindful mothers. It’s who we are. It’s what we do.”
I’m really thrilled that Bumpalicious Maternity is the ONLY UK stockist of this fantastic product. It is a great excuse to have some real “me” time. Do grab yours now before we run out!
Of course, I realize that there are other things that you should do to keep the dreaded stretch marks at bay. Here are some tips that may help you to avoid them:
- – drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated. This makes your skin more elastic and therefore, more able to stretch as your body grows;
- – try to take regular, gentle exercise to keep you healthy and supple; and
- – don’t eat too much! You do need to take on extra calories (about 500 extra per day) but make sure these calories come from the right foods (fresh fruit and vegetables), not fatty ones so that you put on weight gradually.
Here is a rough guide:
- o It is normal to gain 1 to 2kg (2 to 4.5 lb) over the first 12 weeks
- o From week 12 to 28, it is normal to gain 300 to 400g (10 to 14oz) per week
- o From weeks 28 to 40 (the last 3 months), it is normal to gain 1 to 3kg (2 to 6lb) per month.
Please don’t worry too much about stretch marks. In most cases, they will have faded within 6 months of giving birth and, for some people, they are part of the pregnancy and birth process.
However, in severe cases or if the stretch marks are causing you particular distress, there are other options available such as creams containing Retin A which may be prescribed by a doctor (these are not to be used during pregnancy or when breastfeeding) or cosmetic treatments such as microdermabrasion. Please always seek the advice of your GP before following any of these treatments and remember, you are still gorgeous!