I’ve been meaning to write this post for about 7 months now. And it will probably take me another couple of months to finish it and publish it considering whenever I sit to write the little one wakes up or is fed-up with his toy or had rolled under the sofa…
Now then, I’ll keep it brief because he can wake up any minute and his grandparents just came online on Skype so will be wanting to see and speak to us.
Many of us worry about stretch marks in pregnancy and many women simply accept that there is nothing they can do about it. Some people are very prone to getting them and have had them since teenage years but others have never had them. I was one of the others. I was talking with the girls at work about stretch marks when one of the girls said she’s got them as a teenager and said (like it’s the most normal thing in the world): “you all have stretch marks don’t you?” and they all nodded and they were all in their early/mid-twenties. I was about seven months pregnant then and religiously applying my homemade body lotion and had no stretch marks in sight, how lucky!
I’d read hundreds of mumsy blogs and realised that some women didn’t get them, I think it has to do with good genes or the type of skin (can’t really remember… seven months pregnant seems a century ago…). Then I thought that’s it, I have good gens and skin!! Hooray! But I kept applying my homemade lotion all over my bump and back and everywhere I could reach until the end of pregnancy and guess what??! I gave birth with not one line on my body!!
Then I stopped greasing myself as I had better things to do, like stare at my perfect little baby boy. I was still convinced that no lines will appear due to my good genes. However once the milk supply was established guess what happened?? Yep some lines appeared on my baby’s food source! Ha! So I don’t really have magic anti-stretch mark genes! But I had a pretty good homemade body lotion which I stopped applying as I wasn’t sure my newborn should be eating it.
So here is the recipe for my body lotion. Please note that I can’t guarantee this will work on you. You might have some other magic potion but here is what worked for me.
½ cup shea butter
½ cup cocoa butter
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup sweet almond oil
10-20 drops of essential oil
A few drops of vit E oil
Combine all ingredients except the essential and vitamin E oils in a small pot or double boiler. Gently melt and stir over medium-low heat until the mixture is liquid, this will only take a few minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool, can be left in the fridge. The mixture will set but don’t leave it in the fridge for too long as it will become too hard. It needs to still be soft so it can be whipped. Once set add essential oils and vitamin E oil and mix with a handheld mixer until fluffy. Transfer in a container or a jar with a lid. Apply every evening and morning.
Note: I used frankincense and lavender oils but it is entirely up to you which ones you want to use. There are so many oils out there and you don’t have to get one just for this lotion. Frankincense has quite a peculiar smell so when all ingredients were mixed the lotion didn’t have the most amazing smell in the world but it didn’t bother me. My mum however found it slightly unpleasant. So find the oil you like and add if you want it smelling nice. Also the lotion is very very greasy so it takes a bit of getting used to especially if you are not the type that likes to smother themselves in lotions and creams and oils and other stuff. Again it didn’t bother me. I would usually apply it after the shower in the evening and go straight to sleep so didn’t feel the grease. In the last few weeks of pregnancy I was applying it in the morning as well as I read that lots of women get the lines towards the end of pregnancy when the baby “drops”.
Also the measures are in cups but you can use whatever measure as long as it is 1:1.
And that’s that! If you have a better recipe feel free to share. If you decide to make this and use it and find it worked for you please share. And if you make it and it doesn’t work share that too. It’s good to have different opinions.
Speak soon x