… that’s what she said. (I can imagine The Wife snarking at this title, so I figure I’d beat him to it.) There are three favorite oils for a pregnant belly I’d recommend wholeheartedly. I haven’t had new stretch marks on my baby bump, but my boobs and hips are another story.
My skin around my belly is stretched to the max. It’s super tight. (Insert “That’s what she said.”) My bump is also pretty dry. I’m blown away by how stretched my skin can get… especially now that I’m in my 38th week of pregnancy!
One of the main factors for me in finding a stretch oil or balm for my belly was that it needed to be made of non-toxic ingredients. Whatever I’m putting on my skin is ultimately going to be absorbed, and I don’t want Spawn to come out with four arms and two fins.
Another factor was that the moisturizer, cream, oil, or balm had to score low on the EWG (Environmental Working Group) Skin Deep scale. We’re talking 0-3.
Lastly, I did not want to smell like a hippie.
I love these three products and I wholeheartedly recommend these for any pregnant mama.
When I attended the Natural Products Expo this year, I ran into the Earth Mama Angel Baby team whose giant booth setup was amazing. My colleague Sarah and I spent a lot of time talking about the different products offered, their ingredients, and how the business got started. I brought home their Natural Stretch Oil and Body Butter.
I put this on immediately after a shower. Three to four pumps is all you need to cover your belly and I rub any excess down my hips. Yo, stretch marks. Like all oils, you do want to wait a beat before you put your top on. I’ve never had a problem with oil transferring to my clothes, so this is just a general precaution.
This oil scores a ZERO on the EWG scale, which is fantastic! It’s non-toxic, vegan and doesn’t contain preservatives. According to their site, you can also use this for perineal massage.
Motherlove Pregnant Belly Salve
Now Motherlove has been highly recommended by many of my new-mom friends. They all swear by Motherlove Nipple Cream, which, coincidentally, was gifted to me by one of my friends. “You will need this,” she said. After attending a breastfeeding class, yes, I believe her. Cracked and bleeding nipples? *shudder*
This Pregnant Belly Salve is another favorite belly balm of mine. I alternate between the Earth Mama and this Motherlove product. You scoop a bit of this somewhat solid ‘butter’ and let it melt between your hands. It smells great and a little goes a long way. I think it works best right after a shower or bath. Your skin’s just toweled off and ready to absorb an oil. Any excess goes on my boobs or my heels. (Man my heels are so dry these days.)
EWG score? ZERO. Boom! Another winner. This is made of apricot oil, beeswax, shea butter, marshmallow root, calendula flower, rosehips, chamomile flower, and lavender essential oil. That’s it. How much more natural can you go?
Trader Joe’s Vitamin E Oil – or any good Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil has been a staple in my moisturizing regimen, pre-pregnancy. It has continued to be a MacGyver product in pregnancy too! I use it to moisturize my hands, feet, heels, stretch marks, and I’ll rub any excess at the ends of my hair.
I like Trader Joe’s Vitamin E Oil, mostly because I can get it right at my store nearby. If you’re really sensitive to fragrance or smells, TJ’s is a good oil – there is no scent. Note, it is a thicker consistency than the Motherlove or Earth Mama products. You don’t need as much to spread it around your baby bump but it feels like it takes the longest to absorb.
JASON makes one with other oils mixed in – the EWG scored it a 1, which is not bad at all.
So there you have it. I alternate between the top two products every day, and so far, I’ve yet to see a stretch mark on my baby bump. (However my hips are a different story. LOL)
I also wanted to point out that both Motherlove and Earth Mama Angel Baby are woman-owned businesses, which ranks super high in my book. They’re bonafide bitchin’ businesses!
Have you tried these products? What do you recommend for mamas to be?
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