During my first pregnancy, I wasn’t too concerned with loosing and gaining weight.  I figured it would come off with healthy eating habits and exercise, and in time it did.  One thing I was super freaked out about though was stretch marks.  They just seemed so… permanent.  Now I 100% embrace my post baby body, knowing fully well that my hips will never be the same and my c-section scar will always be there.  I’m so proud to have carried two girls and everything that goes along with it, but if there was something I could do prevent or lessen some of the stretch marks then why not try? So I spent several late night google sessions researching how to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy and what the best products are for it and here is what worked for me during my two pregnancies…

  1. Hydrate- there are so many reasons to keep hydrated during pregnancy but drinking a ton of water also aides in your skins elasticity.  Especially during the end of pregnancy, I noticed I was getting super dehydrated.  Lips feeling chapped?  Be sure to grab some more water.
  2. Exfoliate-  this is so important for removing dead skin cells, making room for the new ones to surface.  It also increases blood flow in the area- two things that are great for preventing stretch marks.  I like to use a daily exfoliant in the shower, but you can also do dry brushing two to three times a week. Just be sure to moisturize afterward!
  3. Essential Oils- I read that shea butter, coconut oil and other things are great for preventing stretch marks, but I swear swear swear by Clarins Tonic Oil.  I used it nightly during both pregnancies and haven’t seen a stretch mark.  The treatment oil contains  100% pure plant extracts including Rosemary, Geranium and Mint which help firm, tone and improve elasticity, reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Hazelnut Oil softens, smooths and hydrates by locking in moisture.  And it also smells amazing.  I went through about a bottle every trimester, but it was well worth it.  If you would like to try it out first, you can order a free sample here.

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