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To moisturize the belly or not?&everything inbetween..

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone, my new friends smile.gif . Maybe experienced moms can tell us their tips on belly moisture. Is it necessary or will it become more obvious as time goes on? I got some coconutoil that i melt in my hand and rub on. It seemed like as i started doing it, i started needing more moisture , like i also felt dryer/flaky later on, or maybe i was experiencing a growth spurt that had me feeling streched?? If i do need to keep it up , i may look for something not so greasy feeling and taking so long to absorb, or maybe i just used too much?? Whos using what? It is such a nice ritual smile.gif. The lady at whole foods said her friend rubs it on her baby so i figured its safe. But thinking of handling a greasy baby..uh oh..
post #2 of 25

I never do anything. I'm too lazy/forgetful. I got stretch marks, but I don't think that moisturizing would have done much to help prevent them. I'm very prone to them. And now that I already have them, well, not much point. Some people like it though and there's nothing wrong with doing it as far as I know. If I were going to moisturize, I'd pick up a natural lotion or something probably. I don't like being greasy. :)

post #3 of 25

I use Eucrine lotion on my body because I tend to get eczema during the winter months and my belly gets itchy as well so I keep my belly covered in it as well. 
 

post #4 of 25

I've never done anything to prevent stretch marks, but yesterday I tried some organic lotion someone gave me from their at home mom business because my whole body is so dry, with this cold weather, dry heat and harsh water...I itch all over all day, I actually did feel an improvement so I think I will use it again after my shower today. 


Looking forward to spring weather, for oh so many reasons...

post #5 of 25

My mom just gave me some bio-oil. I don't love the smell but it helps with the itch. Even my husband commented on how soft my skin was. Not really trying to prevent stretch marks since my belly looks like its been attacked by a tiger (from my last pregnancy) but the oil feels so good. I also have some lotion bars, homemade with cocoa butter, beeswax and coconut oil and they are heavenly. Not as greasy as the coconut oil alone which I was using before. hope that helps. I think as far as the stretch marks go you either get them or you don't lotion aside.

post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by MonkeyPrincess View Post

I've never done anything to prevent stretch marks, but yesterday I tried some organic lotion someone gave me from their at home mom business because my whole body is so dry, with this cold weather, dry heat and harsh water...I itch all over all day, I actually did feel an improvement so I think I will use it again after my shower today. 


Looking forward to spring weather, for oh so many reasons...

This spring is sooo exciting, I woke up to more snow this morning keep feeling like sun and a warm breeze are bringing my baby and I cant wait.

post #7 of 25

I use cocoa butter. The only reason I do is because my skin is soooooo dry. I am so itchy. Not just on my tummy, but also between my boobs. I think I will get a lot of stretch marks, I already have some from when I was a teenager and I had a growth spurt....

post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 
I'm kinda confused if belly dryness happens b/c of the streching & thats why some people use moisture, or if its a strech mark preventative effort or a combination of the two? I guess for me i want to know if i do nothing, what will happen which i cant know. I am not worried about strech marks, i just cant tell if i have a dry belly or if moisturizing is making me dryer?! I feel unable to be logical! In the shower my belly will feel its driest. Theres just so many factors, winter, water quality..?
Emilyfaith, those bars do sound heavenly, creamy smile.gif
post #9 of 25

I would put a little moisturizer on the belly first (a product that contains some water) and then a small amount of the coconut oil over it to 'seal it in.'

 

Maybe you are getting flakiness due to clothes rubbing on the belly more?  

 

I am not doing much pampering of the outer belly yet.  I am sure I will get into a belly massage ritual with lotion and oil soon.  I loved doing that with my other babes and trying to figure out it I was massaging a bay foot/head/heiny/etc!

post #10 of 25
I'm religious about moisturizing the belly!! Actually, my husband does it each night before be. It's such a nice ritual and I feel like it helps him bond. I use coconut oil. I don't use much and I put my pjs over top. By morning, it's all soaked in.

I don't know if you're more probe to stretch marks if your skin is dry. I do know it can get very itchy, especially towards the end! Probably a coincidence but I only have 2 small stretch marks.

Remember to drink lots of water too. Tht will help with dry skin!

Add me to the dreaming about spring club!!!
post #11 of 25

i use olive oil and did my last pregnancy...i didn't have any stretch marks...and didn't get too itchy. but i don't know how much stretch marks are preventable...i like rubbing my belly with olive oil. i feel proud and connected to the mother goddess aspect of pregnancy when i take the time to do it after my shower daily...or after my bath :)

post #12 of 25

I have NO idea at all if using just Coconut oil would dry out your skin.  We use it during sex and it lasts for a while but we usually need to apply more ... so maybe it does dry your skin out a bit?!  As for dry skin, I have a rash on one arm and one leg that looks like bug bites because I scratch it SO much and using the Eucrin helps calm my skin and the itch.  I would say using a moisturizer CAN HELP prevent stretch marks but there's no guarantee that you won't get them.  I've delivered 6 and barely have them on my stomach (if any at all) but i do have them on my hips and boobs.
 

post #13 of 25

here we are- what kind of body wash do you use? Sometimes the ones that smell the best (like from Bath and Body Works) actually dry your skin out because of all the perfume that is in it. I switched to a Dove moisturizing body wash, and I think it has helped a lot with the dryness after showers. 

post #14 of 25

I don't bother with anything.  I used bio oil last time and got stretch marks (they arent that bad) but this time I dont imagine it could get much worse and I just dont feel like it

post #15 of 25
I've been using sweet almond oil until I ran out. I had used Mothers Special Blend oil which is incredible with my last pregnancy so I just bought a bottle. It's pricy but really works. It's cocoa oil, coconut oil and bit E I think. One bottle can last almost your entire pregnancy. I highly recommend.
post #16 of 25
From what I understand (from my dermatologist), stretch marks have a strong genetic component (with skin type etc.). I pretty much started getting them as soon as I hit puberty. Lotion can't hurt (and it's really whatever your skin likes), but definitely won't totally prevent them. greensad.gif. I use neutrogena original formula or cetaphil lotion because they help with the dryness and don't further irritate my skin.
post #17 of 25

I'm prone to stretch marks...first got them when I had a growth spurt at 12 years old.  My first pregnancy, my husband rubbed Burts Bees Momma Bee Belly Cream (don't remember the exact name) on my belly every night.  It definitely helped with the itchy belly but I got tons of stretch marks anyway.  This time I'm just using Cetaphil cream to sooth the itching (which is definitely made worse by the maternity pants that go up over the belly).  I'm also prone to eczema and my son's dermatologist said Cetaphil cream is the best for his skin when he had an eczema breakout so I'm going with it.

post #18 of 25

I didn't bother with any lotions or oils with my first and only got one small stretch mark under my belly button. I got a TONNE of stretchmarks with my second baby on the lower half of my stomache (gained less weight and used lotion sometimes too, go figure)

 

This pregnancy, my skin has been extra itchy on my sides (side sleeping)  I am already using a very mild, natural soap when I bathe and have been using unscented laundry soap for the past 5yrs but its really dry here in the winter. I have a humidifer set up in the bedroom on most nights. I was putting olive oil on my belly after the shower but it didn't help much. I just bought a bottle of bio oil and its really helping smooth my belly skin and helps with the dry skin itchies too.  I wish I had tried it earlier! I really don't expect the bio oil to prevent stretch marks this time at all but I am just happy to be less itchy lol!

post #19 of 25

I've been using shea butter this time around and my belly or anywhere on my body for that matter hasn't itched yet this dry winter.  

post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by InLove2009 View Post

here we are- what kind of body wash do you use? Sometimes the ones that smell the best (like from Bath and Body Works) actually dry your skin out because of all the perfume that is in it. I switched to a Dove moisturizing body wash, and I think it has helped a lot with the dryness after showers. 

i also gave up soap on my belly as it just feels totally dry after. i use cetaphil body wash--was recommended for my LO when he had eczema and i really liked it...it didn't irritate my female parts like the soap had been...and feels good all over. :)

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