One of the biggest things you hear about before getting pregnant about being pregnant is the dreaded stretch marks. There are a lot of things that play into who gets stretch marks and how bad they will get throughout your pregnancy. Things like your family history and how quickly you gain weight throughout your pregnancy (gaining weight slow and steady seems to help prevent the really bad stretch marks). Women across the country will tell you to use cocoa butter lotion to help prevent them as well – the cocoa butter contains extra rich moisture to help your skin stretch better as your belly grows.
As someone who comes from a long line of not-so-easily-stretched bellies (read: stretch marks “run in the family”, so to speak), I’ll try pretty much anything to help prevent them from getting too extreme. Enter: the cocoa butter STICK. My cousin’s girlfriend, Katie, was telling me about how her aunt had ZERO stretch marks after having three kids. While her genetics definitely could have played into her lack of marked up belly, she credits staying stretch mark free to her generous use of pure cocoa butter sticks. Every day after her shower, she would religiously apply the cocoa butter to her belly.
So about a month ago, I ordered up a couple of these little sticks on Amazon. They came and I have to say that I’m SUPER happy with the results so far. To use them, you do need to heat them up with a hair dryer as you apply – it’s a solid stick so you need to actually melt it a little to get it to stick to your skin. It does, at first, have a strong cocoa scent, but it smells really good – almost like a scent of summer. I can’t say whether or not it’s going to totally prevent belly marks, but my skin has never been so soft. I’ve never felt so moisturized in my life (something that any woman, pregnant or not, can appreciate).
These sticks have made a permanent home in my lotion stash – LOVE.