Stretch Mark Realities

When I got pregnant, I knew I was going to get stretch marks. KNEW IT.

I have had stretch marks since I was 13. I have them on my breasts, upper thighs, arms, hips, and a few on my stomach from when I was at my heaviest weight 6 years ago. Now most of these are already faded to skin tone. They are a part of me and I am used to them. I never used products to reduce them or get rid of them (mostly because I don’t believe they work).

So, back to pregnancy…when i got pregnant I bought some Burt’s Bees oil, and used it on my stomach and hips. I didn’t use it regularly, and wasn’t really worried about it. I have to admit I was surprised that my stretch marks took so long to show up. They arrived at about 32 weeks. They are just on my lower belly aside from one, about an inch long adjacent to my belly button. Since 29 weeks I have been using some stretch mark lotion that I received at my baby shower…mostly just to keep moisturized, since again, I knew I was going to get stretch marks.

Last weekend my belly was itching uncontrollably. I tried my lotions…no help. Finally I thought about coconut oil. Duh. I love coconut oil for cooking, and I have read a little bit about it’s benefits as a moisturizer. Last summer I used it on a sunburn and had really good results. I tried it to stop the itching… And it helped a little bit, but moreover, and call me crazy, but I think it faded my new stretch marks a little.
So…I have used it every day since. My skin is super soft and we will see what happens in the next few weeks with my marks.

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