Last updated on February 16th, 2019
Prevent Pregnant Belly Stretch Marks- Diy Belly Butter
If you’re currently pregnant or expecting, you may be starting to wonder and question everything; like how to stay fit while pregnant or the mystery realm that is “stretch marks”. You’ve heard of them, seen them and may want to avoid them if at all possible. While I’d love to tell you there’s a magical formula for preventing pregnant belly stretch marks: there isn’t. Period. (So please don’t go buy the crazy expensive specific cream!). There is however, a lot you can do to help your skin.
As I’m sure you know, pregnant belly stretch marks are caused by the skin becoming too tight and stretched around a belly during weight gain. It can also happen outside of pregnancy with any extreme gain. Basically, the skin simply doesn’t have anything left to give and is pulled too far.
From everything I’ve learned about stretch marks, they occur due to three factors:
Yes I know. No one wants to hear that. But a small part (albeit very small) is predetermined by your genetics and body type.
Elasticity Of Your Skin
If your skin is stretchy you’re less likely to push it past it’s limit and thus obtain pregnant belly stretch marks. Basically, it will have the ability to accommodate the stretch.
What you eat has a lot to do with your elasticity. Some foods, like vegetables and fruits contain a lot of water and breakdown into liquid- thus provide your skin with the building blocks it needs to stay bendy and stretchy. Other foods, like processed foods, provide your body with building blocks it’s unable to break down and use. Dense foods like that don’t contribute well to the elasticity of your skin because they don’t break down as they should.
Unfortunately, this is done not just in pregnancy but before becoming pregnant also
Hydrating your skin from the outside and the inside helps improves its ability to stretch. Making sure you stay hydrated throughout your pregnancy is one of the keys to keeping your skin healthy and able to stretch. If you’re in a chronic state of dehydration (no fruit juices, sodas and unicorn fraps don’t count as proper hydration) your body won’t have the ability to stretch around your growing belly.
So bu a new water bottle, write a sticky note or do whatever you need to get more water in (here’s a few tips to drink more water!).
Psst. you can snag this water bottle (my all time favorite by the way) from Well.ca too!
You can also keep your skin hydrated from the outside- which is where this body butter comes in. Giving your skin healthy nutrients and lots of lubricant can help prevent pregnant belly stretch marks.
So as you can see, there isn’t a “one cream fixes all” when it comes to pregnant belly stretch marks (sorry!). Outside of genetics, it takes a fair amount of work and consistency to fuel your body with the blocks it needs to do its job.
Below is the butter and routine that I use during pregnancy. With my first daughter, I walked away stretch mark free and I’m using the same ritual during this pregnancy – so I’ll let you know how it goes!
Update: I am currently one yea postpartum with my second and still stretch mark free!
I applied this butter to my belly, breasts and hips every single night before I went to bed (or directly after a shower as its most absorbed when your skin is wet).
This means, I went to bed like a grease ball every single night for nine months. I made sure I had only three shirts I wore to bed because the oil in the butters definitely stains them. But yes, my skin had never felt so silky.
That said, I also drink 2.5+ liters of water each day and eat *mostly* healthy, nutrients dense food. It’s all about your habits ladies, consistency is key.
Lavender – this is one of those “cure alls”. It’s been used to treat rashes, dark spots, inflammation and help fade scars
Frankincense – is a little bottle of gold. It’s been shown to have immense healing properties and even anti-scaring ones. It’s currently being tested in cancer research for healing tissue damage
Lemon – this oil is an astringent and has been shown to prevent aging and acne when used as a toner. It also helps brighten the skin which is perfect for stretch mark prevention.
Helichrysum – has been linked to stretch marks specifically so it’s one I definitely include. It’s been said to help nourish elasticity and improve cell and tissue regeneration
Ingredients in DIY Belly Butter
- 2tbs almond oil
- 1 tbs avocado oil
- 2 tbs organic shae butter
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 2 tbs beeswax
- 8 drops lavender
- 8 drops lemon
- 5 frankincense
- 8 drops helichrysum
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How To Make The Belly Butter
In a double boiler, combine all ingredients except essential oils.
Heat over medium until beeswax is fully melted and combined. Remove from heat, pour into a small glass jar and whisk in oils.
Let sit at room temperature for fifteen to twenty four hours.
Note: This particular recipe is hard to the touch once it’s firmed up but only on the top layer. Dig in and it becomes soft and melted on your skin.
Don’t forget to pin this homemade butter to help prevent pregnant belly stretch marks!
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Homemade Belly Butter To prevent Stretch Marks
So there you are. All my “secrets” to being stretch mark free (ha!). Like I said, there’s more to stretch marks than just rubbing lotion only our belly but that doesn’t mean you can’t give your body some help. This DIY hydrating lotion is simple to make and will keep your skin silky, soft and hopefully stretch mark free!