I have a great friend who I teach with at Life Time Fitness, she was also pregnant around the same time I was with Lily. You cannot tell that she ever had a baby (well actually 2), her body bounced back and he skin looks fantastic, she did not get any stretch marks. During this pregnancy I was lucky enough for her to drop off some of her homemade all natural lotion that she used. I was so desperate because during my pregnancy with Lily I got several stretch marks on my mid-section and was so embarrassed to show my mid-section even after I lost the baby weight, I was willing to try anything!
My friend’s concoction was coconut butter, coconut oil, Shea butter, and another oil (not too sure what she said). I asked her where she got it and she said she ordered all of the items off Amazon and made it herself, but could not remember the ratios exactly. So after I used up the batch she made for me I decided to make my own all natural paraben free lotion/rub to prevent stretch marks. To this day in my pregnancy I have not got any new stretch marks and this stuff is much better then the expensive store bought stuff from salons or department stores. I will continue to use this on my kids, husband and myself after the baby arrives too. For one, because it works, but even more importantly it does not contain any obesogens/ estrogen mimickers/ or parabens or whatever you like to call them! Your skin is the largest organ of your body and absorbs everything, 90% of cosmetics contain harmful chemicals that disrupt the natural hormone balance which could increase risk for certain cancers and even promote weight gain. Go all natural with everything that you put on your skin, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deodorant, make up, etc.
My version of my friends concoction:
1/2 c organic extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 c pure African Shea butter
1/2 c pure cocoa butter
1/8-1/4 c organic extra virgin sesame seed oil (it is what I had and I remember using sesame oil when I used to compete as my stage prep so I figured it could not hurt 😉
Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and heat over another pot of hot water until heated slightly throughout, or if you have a double boiler even better just don’t let it get too hot or else the fats will go rancid. Use a hand mixer to blend until smooth and store in small mason jars or any other glass container that you can get your fingers in to the bottom. If this process sounds like a lot of work then double or triple the batch so you don’t have to go through the hassle too often. To me anything that prevents or fades stretch marks and while avoiding harmful obesogens and parabens is worth it!