Some women seem to be under the impression that stretch marks are due to our genetics and that there is not much we can do about it - this is a myth! It is true that our vulnerability to stretch marks can be genetic, but we can certainly prevent the prominence of the stretch marks with the regular use of a natural oil massage starting from as early as pre-conception.
What oils to use:
Black sesame oil
Coconut oil (keeping in mind this solidifies and melts according to the temperature)
Vitamin E oil
Rosehip seed oil
You can either choose to use one of these oils, make your own mixtures, or mix it up throughout the pregnancy, they each have different beautiful properties within them for your skin.
Not only can we prevent stretch marks, but we can use oils such as jojoba, avocado, coconut, shea butter and more to reduce the appearance of scarring, keeping in mind that stretch marks do fade over time, they rarely stay as prominent as they are as the first few months after birth.
For a more sensory experience, add a few drops of essential oil to your warmed oil before massage. (Keeping in mind that some essential oils are best not used in pregnancy. See Aromatherapy in pregnancy.
When using your oils on your body, they are best used warm so that they can really penetrate into the skin, make sure you heat them naturally rather than the microwave as this will ruin the beneficial properties of them. You can heat them by having boiled water in a bowl and having another bowl with the oils in top, this should melt them enough.
Stretch marks that may have been caused by the stretching of your body during pregnancy do not have to be seen as 'ugly' or 'unflattering', as mothers we sacrifice lots of things for our beautiful babies, including our bodies!
Surely these marks are nothing but beautiful reminders of the journey that we went through to bring our child into the world. It's all about perception, so our attitude towards them can be the most important thing!
Now is a great time to really nurture and appreciate your body by taking quality time to treat yourself to long, candle-lit, aromatherapy baths, self massage and treating yourself to your favourite lotion or product.
These self-care rituals create not only a better connection with your body, but with your baby too.
Try to steer clear of products containing chemicals. There is no better time to start gaining knowledge about the harmful chemicals in skincare in both adult and baby products.