Stretchy Stretch Marks

palmers tummy butterThere are lots of products out there claiming that they help prevent and erase stretch marks. Unfortunately, it is not true. Stretch marks are partly genetic and partly based on your own body. Being that stretch marks form in the deeper layers of skin, there is not much that topical creams and lotions can do other than keeping your growing belly moisturized and elastic. The main things that you can do to help with stretch marks is to stay hydrated (drink at least 8 cups of water a day), keep exercise as part of your routine (before, during, and after pregnancy), and keep your skin hydrated (this is where the lotions and potions come into play).

Some of the products I loved using during pregnancy were Palmer’s Tummy Butter, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Stretch Mark Cream, and Bio-Oil Oil. Many of my friends also used olive, almond or coconut oil. There are lots of products out there; consult with your provider to make sure they are safe for your use!

 

A Head Start for Breastfeeding

lanolin creamA great tip I had received from a friend when I was getting ready to deliver my first baby was to start using Lanolin Nipple Cream one month before you are due. I usually applied it after showering in the morning and really believe that it helped to prevent the dryness and cracking that many new mommies new to nursing experience in those first few weeks. Be careful to not use too much stimulation, yet apply it liberally as you would regular lotion. If you are concerned about getting it on your undergarments, you can also use washable nursing pads.

Once baby arrives, I would recommend you continue to use the cream. It is safe for baby, but I usually wiped it off with a warm cloth before each feed, and reapplied it immediately after. Give it a try and let us know if it helped you!

Shape-wear for your Post Pregnancy Belly

shapewear Post 2 cesarean sections, I needed some help with containing my post pregnancy belly. Believe it or not, I loved using shapewear briefs! They come in styles that are meant to hold in the belly without being too constricting. The bands with velcro I found quite uncomfortable, but these briefs worked really well for me. It helps hold thing in place so that gravity is not working against you. I started with a size larger than I would normally wear, and then as it got more comfortable, I moved to the next tighter size. Check out Bali and Maidenform.
PLEASE ask your OB when it is safe for you to start using these or belly bands, as every practice is different.