When I became pregnant with the twins, I told myself that I would accept my body exactly as it was and go easy on myself. My body was growing two humans and it changed and grew A LOT! It’s a miracle that I’m so grateful for. Even though I was easy on myself, that didn’t mean I was going to stop taking care of myself or try to prevent stretch marks as best as I could. I know that all of our skin is different, and I think that oftentimes getting stretch marks is genetic and due to hormones. Here’s what I did to take care of my skin while I was pregnant:
1) I drank LOTS of water. I always had a jug of water near me so that it was easily accessible. Your skin needs a lot of water, especially as it is stretching so much, so I made sure to drink a lot.
2) I ate lots of good fats from foods like avocado and almonds. I tried to incorporate them into my meals and snacks each day, and have them easily on hand so that I grabbed those things instead of the junk food that I often wanted instead 🙂 Much of taking care of your skin and body is from the inside out, so eating lots of healthy food is important. Don’t worry, though, you better believe I indulged in a donut or pizza more often than I should have as well!
3) I used the Spoiled Mama Stretch Mark Prevention Kit every single day without fail, at least once, but most of time in the morning and at night. I would use the Peppermint and Vanilla Body Polish on my tummy, bum and thighs in the shower. It buffed away the dead skin and really hydrated my skin. After I dried off, I would rub on the Bump Gloss Stretch Mark Oil, then top it off with the Tummy Butter. I always made sure to get my thighs and bum really well too.
That’s it! My belly grew REALLY fast in the last couple months and I thought that I would definitely get stretch marks so I was preparing myself to accept it, which would have been fine. Our bodies make beautiful humans so if stretch marks are a side effect of that, I think it’s worth it. As my body started to shrink back after pregnancy and lose the 50 pounds of water weight (hello, preeclampsia!!), a few stretch marks showed up on my bum, but my thighs and tummy don’t have any stretch marks at all. I think a lot of that has to do with what I drank and ate, and using the Spoiled Mama products religiously.
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Happy pregnancy, my friend!