Stretch marks aren’t new to me – I got my first set when I was 13 years old after experiencing a puberty-induced growth spurt that saw me gain over 10kgs in less than a year. I was the plump, insecure teenager told “heh, you’ve become a ka-fatty!” at family functions. Fun times.
Thankfully however, stretch marks fade over time (as do soul-crushing teenage insecurities) and I stopped noticing mine soon after my adolescent years ended.
Then I got pregnant with Ella and as luck would have it, welcomed my bundle of joy along with an accompanying set of brand new stretch marks! Hurray for Mother Nature! I recovered from childbirth to discover a series of light brown squiggly lines covering my lower tummy, making me look like my baby had clawed her way out of the womb. Ahhhh, the joys of motherhood.
I eventually made peace with these stretch marks (it’s not like my body was bikini-ready to begin with) and soldiered on, claw marks and all.
Five years later, I’m pregnant again and curious as to whether I can avoid getting another set of stretch marks with this pregnancy.
I did some research and found that although stretch marks are NOT preventable (damn you WebMD) you can help them fade and reduce their appearance if you catch them early and avoid sudden weight gain. So. Unlike my first pregnancy, I am going to 1) start using a stretch mark cream early, not during month 8 when the reality of stretch marks hits me and 2) try not to pack on ALL my pregnancy weight during the last two months of pregnancy like I did the last time.
For this experiment, I’m going to try out Mama Mio’s Tummy Rub Butter from Parents & Babies World. I’ve heard some pretty good things about this stretch mark cream so I’m happy to test it out this time around.
I’ve been using the tummy rub butter for a little while now (I’ve not tried the Boob Tube yet) and so far, so good. It’s smooth, creamy and smells like one of those fancy massage oils that they have at spas. Using it also gives me an excuse to stand in front of the mirror and caress my belly every day. Y’all know how strongly I approve of self-love!
The real test however, is whether this cream will have any effect on the appearance of pregnancy stretch marks…stay tuned for an update in 4 months!