Stretch marks are probably one of the things I dreaded most with pregnancy. I wanted to do everything I could do set myself and my skin up for the best chance to grow a tiny human without any stretch marks to prove it. In all of my research, I had read that stretch marks are hereditary so if your mother has them, there is a chance you'll get them too. I guess despite this fact, I was able to avoid them, even though my mom got them during her pregnancies. I don't know if it's any one thing that I did or the combination of them all...or pure luck, but this is how I avoided stretch marks...
This one is important anyway and should be an integral part of your pregnancy, as water is crucial for refreshing your amniotic fluid throughout the day. Yes, I know, additional fluids (or any fluids for that matter) are not ideal given the growing need to visit the bathroom at the mere mention of liquids. You must remember that your skin is your bodies largest organ and water helps provide it with elasticity. Get yourself a fun bottle that will encourage you to bring your water on the go with you and help you remember to drink it!
P.S. If you're suffering from morning sickness, rehydrating couldn't be more important!
2. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lotion
There's a lot of creams and butters out there these days specifically designed for your belly, I used a few here and there that were gifted to me but ultimately found that the best lotion for my growing belly was good ole' Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lotion. It's thick, it's creamy, and it smells good, so lather it from top to bottom. I did this twice a day, once after a shower and again before bed. Fun fact: your skin rejuvenates at night so night creams are a great way to set yourself up for success.
3. Nip + Fab Decolette Lotion
If you haven't noticed yet, your belly isn't the only thing growing. It's important to keep the "girls" and chest moisturized as well. I suggest using products specifically designed for this area as the skin on your chest is thinner and therefore warrants different ingredients.
4. Bio Oil
Admittedly, this isn't one I used my entire pregnancy but I know that a lot of expecting mothers turn to bio oil during their pregnancy to help keep their skin hydrated. It is a luxurious product but the price reflects it so when you're thinking of using it 2x a day for 9+ months, you may want to keep it in a rotation.
5. Sooner rather than later
Don't make the mistake of waiting to use creams, lotions and oils until your bump is already in full swing. It's important to keep the skin hydrated and cared for the minute you find out you're pregnant (or just always for that matter).
6. Don't forget your lips!
Your lips are skin too and let me tell you, pregnancy will dehydrate them. This is one of the first "symptoms" of pregnancy I started noticing. I kept lip balm or chap stick on my nightstand to apply just before bed to help with my dry lips. I recommend Burt's Bees because I've always gotten the best results with their formula.
DISCLAIMER: I am in no way saying that if you do these things or purchase these products, you will avoid getting stretch marks. Every body and pregnancy is different so please be mindful of that.
If you have any other tips or tricks, please share! I hope you found these helpful and good luck!