Guest Post by Tara Bloom
The discouraging fact about pregnancy stretch marks is that 75 to 90% of women develop them while pregnant. Your individual risk of getting stretch marks is strongly influenced by heredity, and therefore, most midwives and OB/GYNs discourage pregnant women from even trying to prevent them.
Most aestheticians, however, have different advice, and clinical studies suggest that prevention is possible. From conversations I’ve had with our celebrity customers like Steffiana de la Cruz and Brooke Mueller Sheen, I know that Hollywood moms-to-be don’t leave stretch marks up to chance. So why would you?
Okay, you’re not a Hollywood mom-to-be (or dad-to-be). I’ll give you that. Neither am I. So here’s my story:
When I was pregnant 15 years ago, I chose to believe the “there’s nothing you can do about it,” camp. I didn’t moisturize or butter up at all. By 30 weeks, I was striped. By the end of my pregnancy, my stomach, hips and rear end looked like they’d been the inspiration for the creatures from “Alien Nation.”
My midwife tried to console me with stories about African cultures that revere women with stretch marks.
I wasn’t consoled.
The moral of the story: even if there really is “nothing you can do to prevent stretch marks” (which I no longer believe), you’ll feel a heck of a lot better if you try. At the end of your pregnancy, if those dark purple striae distensae appear, trust me when I say you won’t be congratulating yourself on how smart you were to listen to people who said there was nothing you could do anyway.
Besides, there are worse ways you could spend your evenings post-bath than by lying naked in bed and having your partner rub oil over your breasts, buttocks, belly and thighs. I recently posed the question on Facebook about what women are doing or did to prevent stretch marks. In the words of one Maternitique mom:
1st pregnancy: I rubbed coco[sic] butter on anytime I remembered, which was rare. No stretchmarks. 2nd pregnancy: Hubby learned if he rubs coco butter on me he gets a free peep show and I get a rubdown. No stretchmarks.
Bottom line? Better to butter up, pregnant moms — and dads!
Tara Bloom is the founder of Maternitique, a leading pregnancy beauty resource for celebrity moms-to-be. In between helping moms prevent pregnancy stretch marks, get rid of pregnancy acne and enjoy the beauty of their pregnancy, she’s driving her 14-year-old daughter to and from enriching educational and sports experiences. Or the mall. Read more of Tara’s pregnancy stretch mark advice, and reach her on Twitter @maternitique or on Facebook.
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* Note: These are the opinions and experiences of the guest author and not meant to be taken as medical advice. This is not sponsored post.