Dear Aunty Tina, Can I avoid getting stretch marks?
Stretch marks may be an inevitable part of pregnancy, depending on your skin type and genetic disposition, but there are definite ways you can reduce the severity. With nine kids I didn’t get any stretch marks on my belly but I did get them on my thighs. I have also seen stretch marks on the breasts, arms and bottom.
Watching your diet will help as excessive weight gain can lead to stretch marks but what you eat can also help keep your skin supple and stretch more easily. Remember to drink lots of water and take supplements and/or eat foods high in vitamins C, E and Zinc (wheat germ oil, roasted seeds, peanuts). I would also recommend 2 tablespoons of Udo oil a day.
Rubbing oils onto your skin will help reduce the chances or size of the stretch marks. Coconut oil, Vitamin E oil, and even common household olive oil works great. Coconut oil is also an anti-inflammatory, which will help with haole rot too. I would recommend rubbing your body down, in the areas mentioned above, when you start to show. Lavender oil and Myrrh from the Doterra line are also recommended and smell beautiful. Don’t worry, they fade over time. I even know some mamas who look at their stretch marks lovingly, cherishing the time they were pregnant.