How I avoided getting stretch marks when the odds were against me!

Ok so before I get into gloating over how I didn't get any stretch marks after being totally scared my whole pregnancy ..well life that I would get them, let me say a few things... Yes it was a long road of infertility treatments to get here and yes I would take stretch marks any day (tons of them even) just to have my little girl here.  I realize how vein I am and have been but I also know that I am not alone!  I mean who want them really?  Now I realize it may have been dumb luck, good genes or maybe just possibly I helped prevent with my tips here!

Stretch Marks!   
Who wants them one!  How can they be prevented? I truly think no one has the answers.  I searched the web far and wide and spoke to as many people as I could.  
"you will take after your mother" most people would say
"there is nothing you can do"  "moisturize" 

My family history of stretch marks:

Mother  -  my mom is covered by stretch marks. She has told me that it happened with her first (of 5 of us) She also laughs and says how in her day no one cared!  It was part of life.  There was also no creams or trying to prevent.  She did not drink water or moisturize.  My mom is a heavy set woman.

Mother's Mother  -  I am told she was covered!  She was very petite

Sister  - One of my sisters is covered.  She is very small and the extra skin that was left just hangs. (with large visual marks all around her whole midsection)  She got them all with her first (of 4) pregnancies.  She gave birth at 37 weeks and says they all came in the final week.  She did not get one until that final week.

Sister  -  Another sister of mine had twins. She is not covered badly but did get some stretch marks. This sister is a little heavier set.

Fathers Side  -  I have not spoken to my aunts directly but I am told that yes they got them.  To what extent I do not know.

What I did to try and prevent stretch marks  

I quit coffee and tea  -  Dehydrators. Plus they are fertility risks. I stopped about 3 months before conceiving and did not have a cup until after giving birth!  Can't say it was easy but worth it!  Did it help? who knows but since it is a dehydrator I can only imagine it did.

Mothers nature oil  -  I read an article that Brooke Burke used this and swore by it. I always had used neutrogena oil so the change was small.  It was much thicker of an oil and I felt it stayed on and set in better.  I would put it on after a shower or put it in my baths.

Palmers butter moisturizer  -  This I see in the store everywhere and commercials. I am skeptical if it does much more than moisturize but couldn't hurt!  This is the moisturizer everyone has heard of and seem to think works due to the cow-coa butter .yet my sister used this like crazy and was covered in stretch marks.

Vitamin E  -  About 20 weeks this was brought to my attention.  I bought capules and used 1 - 2 a day. By 30 weeks I also used vitamin E oil as well.  I continued using this after giving birth.

Apricot Scrub  -  I figured if I could exfoliate any dead skin new skin would be created which may have more elasticity.  Now this may not be true what so ever. This was my own thoughts.  I used this from the time I found out I was pregnant throughout the entire pregnancy.  Just a little bit on my belly each and every shower.

Drinking Water  -  This one is important.  I drank tons of water and I mean more than a person would think humanly possible.  The sooner you can start the better.

Massage  -  Early in pregnancy I would stimulate my skin around my belly.  I totally lost interest and forgot I intended to do this after 1st trimester.  I do want to include this as I did do it often early on.

No Itching - This one was not a problem for most all of pregnancy.  Then the 3rd trimester hit!  So.. itchy!  It was so hard not to itch but I would tell myself "don't do it ..stretch marks"  Who knows if its true or not but I did not want to risk it! I never itched! 

The outcome...

I am happy to report that I did not get one single stretch mark!   Wooowho..!!   I am still in shock.  I truly feel that the odds were against me.  If there is any truth is prevention then I am sure it is mixed in what I did in preventative measures.

Some pictures of my belly.

I thought for sure the splotchy look below would turn into stretch marks!  
This only made me obsess more on my regimen 
37 weeks

36 weeks

No Stretch Marks!  Not one!   

2 Months Postpartum


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