I've heard all of my life about cocoa butter and that's what I have right now. I actually have a cocoa and shea butter cream. I got it because it was cheap, it was like 2 dollars, but Im not a fan of the texture.
Is there any specific brand you like or something else you use that you feel works great?
i agree, i think the key is just to rub something moisturizing on there... especially after a shower!
As far as I've heard nothing you rub on can really prevent stretch marks. But I have been using the Burt's Bees mama bee belly rub to help with the itching sensations and because it feels good. Last pregnancy a friend made me a belly rub that smelled like chocolate and it was heavenly...
My belly is always itchy! The lotion does help, I didnt know others got the itchy belly
As far as the itchy belly thing, any cream will do....really. It's just a matter of your own preference.
WiseWays Herbal Belly Balm AWSOME!!!
I used throughout my 1st pregnancy and plan on using it this time around too. I love it!
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Both worked really well
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but the creams really helped me with the itchy skin that drove me crazy when my belly started to pop around 20 weeks (last time 'round)
I didn't put on my breast area and that area got some serious stretch marks when my milk came in, I started then and the basically all the stretch marks are gone. i can't believe it, it was so bad at first, but it could have just been because of the milk coming in. But I am putting it in that area too now.
my 2nd pregnancy, i was using palmer's everyday. i just stopped all of a sudden in my 3rd trimester and stretch marks started popping up after about a week. it freaked me out and i started applying again.
maybe it was going to do that anyway but it wasn't while i was using it so for this one, i'm applying either bio-oil or palmer's every day.
i probably can't get rid of the ones there but *maybe* i can prevent new ones.
I can tell you with my first pg, I got a bottle of Aveda's body oil early on in the pg as a gift and used it regularly on my belly and I had no stretch marks on my belly after dd came along, and I got BIG (my hips on the other hand...don't forget to slather down there too!)
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I only had two small stretch marks with my first... with this one, I have a few small ones but they look like they'll fade.