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I’m going to be completely and utterly honest with you; I have a small addiction to Haloumi cheese, drizzled with lemon juice. Whew, it feels good to get that off my chest. Now that I’ve hit you with that truth bomb, I’ve got another one; I don’t have stretch marks, at least not that I’ve observed (there could be a few lurking around the backs of my bottom and thighs, but as I can’t readily see that area, it doesn’t exist in my mind). Before you angrily scream out ‘burn her, she’s a witch’, let me highlight the fact that during pregnancy, cellulite seems to appear out of thin (fat?) air attaching itself onto my thighs and bum in lightening speed. I may have dodged one bullet but I haven’t got off completely scot free.

But back to stretch marks. Let’s call them ‘stretchies’ and embrace the whole idea of giving something a ridic name to disempower it somewhat. Through some wild combination of genetics AND above average skin management, I managed to avoid developing any tiger stripes during my first pregnancy. As a teenager who bloomed veerrrry slowly and never really managed anything resembling a curve, I also managed to dodge the little suckers during high school. My mum is exactly the same which makes me think that my genetic code definitely deserves a high five. As a long term sufferer of eczema and dermatitis, mum is also a skincare fanatic, more out of necessity than vanity, and to this day, slathers herself in fragrance free body lotion every single morning. This extensive research has led me to the conclusion that while developing stretch marks to some degree MAY be inevitable, there is definitely some worth in actively working on both their prevention and worsening.

When I was beauty editing at Mother & Baby and Pregnancy & Birth mags, the number one reader question revolved around stretch marks, namely, how to prevent them as a small human began expanding all parts of your body. By the time I was invaded by a bebe myself, I had pretty much read all there was to read and tried all there was to try in the way of body lotions, creams, serums, sprays and oils. I could rattle off a list of stretch mark prodz in my sleep, indeed I may well have done this in the later stages of my first pregnancy when things started to get a bit weird and I began making grand proclamations while I slumbered. Being my own little guinea pig allowed me to see what worked, what didn’t, what I liked and would actually use and what was decidedly all too hard.

I stored all that information away and somehow managed to pull it back out a few weeks back when my bump started to make itself known. How it is that I can’t manage to remember meditation class on a Monday night but can remember the name, ingredients and RRP of my favourite body oil I will never know. Below is my edited list of the products I buy and use, along with the routine I try and follow. As both a mum and someone who is prone to general laziness when it comes to body moisturising, I probably could be more committed but at the moment, what I’m doing it working so who am I to go nuts and switch it around?

The Stretch Mark Slaying Routine

3 x per week – Oil infused bath. I love a good bath. Loved em’ in my first pregnancy and love them even more now, as when the going gets tough of an evening, I can chuck both myself and son into the warm depths of the tub. Instant relaxation for me and entertainment for him. Sometimes, I even get to bathe alone which is pretty much equivalent to a full spa day. To multitask while we’re getting clean, I lace the bath water with body oil. When I’m not pregnant, I generally go for coconut oil (yes, the type you cook with) and I while I still do this when I’m with-bump, I usually go for something like wonder product Bio-Oil, $14.95 or Gaia Pure Pregnancy Belly Oil, $19.95. A few drops while the tap is running creates gorgeously silky water and leaves your skin well coated in stretch mark preventing goodness. I also find that it helps reduce the dryness and itch that I sometimes get on my tummy as it grows.Bio Oil_ Gaia

As often as possible – Stretch Mark specific moisturiser – I am not good at hopping (or awkwardly shuffling these days) out of the shower and lathering on a lovely lotion or cream. Generally, I shower of an evening with my son and once I’m out, he starts yelling to be released himself, lest he miss valuable before bed train set play time. At least a couple of times a week however, I do make the effort to slather on a stretch mark specific moisturiser. While a standard cream or lotion is much better than nothing, the combination of ingredients in a specially formulated product are far more likely to actually achieve results. I go for either Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream for Stretch Marks, $15.70 or Urban Rituelle Mumma & Bubba Organics Mumma Balm Stretch Mark Cream, $31.50.

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The rest of the time – The rest of the time, I rely on prayer and Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion, $7.99 that genius moisturising product that is activated by water and that you actually apply while you’re  IN the shower. No need to moisturise afterwards. So smart. So clever. I usually can’t help but exclaim ‘why didn’t anyone think of this before?’ when I’m using it.

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So tell me, how do YOU manage stretch mark prevention? Do you bother? I would also love to hear from any other haloumi addicts.. Surely I’m not the only one?

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7 Comments on Stretch Mark SOS

  1. Kate
    February 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm (4 years ago)

    Ha yes I love Haloumi too, so does my hubby. Good reminder to buy some 🙂
    I lathered myself in Bio Oil daily during my first pregnancy and managed to dodge stretch marks too – I am counting on it now for my second pregnancy!
    Thanks, I love your blog!

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    • Not Just A Mummy
      February 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm (4 years ago)

      Mmmm I wish I was eating some right now Kate! Hooray for dodging those pesky marks! Thanks so much for stopping by and so glad you’re enjoying the site. Xx

      Reply
  2. Jade
    February 6, 2014 at 6:51 am (4 years ago)

    I used bio oil last time with good results but am more concerned not about the non natural ingredients. I use coco baby from good oil in byron bay which is sweet almond, apricot kernel and coconut oil with light essential oils. But is a little bottle so after something else, think just coconut? And I need a natural stretch mark moisturiser, any ideas on ones a bit cheaper that the Urban Rituelle one?

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    • Not Just A Mummy
      February 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm (4 years ago)

      Coconut oil should do the trick lovely. Plenty of emollients in there which is what you want. If you want a natural lotion/cream, Gaia or Aromababy would be my pick. Gaia do the oil and the cream and Aromababy do a bunch of different products, all with natural ingredients. Xx

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    April 13, 2014 at 10:58 am (4 years ago)

    What do you think is the preferred baby carrier then?
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    • Not Just A Mummy
      April 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm (4 years ago)

      Personally, I’m a big fab of the Ergobaby! I’ve found it very comfortable, even when worn for long period, and my son has always loved it!

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