I’ll admit I was VERY concerned about stretch marks with baby #1. Now with baby #2, I haven’t worried as much, mostly because baby #1 keeps me so occupied that I don’t have the time.
So my stretch mark prevention routine has had to be short and simple this go around. Since I found out I was pregnant around 6 weeks gestation, I started using stretch mark cream. Originally, I had ordered this cream, but after my first tub ran out in just about a few weeks time, I decided to make my own! I had most of the products in my house already but did have to order a few to complete the recipe.
Be sure to also read up on what measures you need to take from the inside to prevent stretch marks. (hydration and proper nutrition also play a huge role!)
What I love most about this recipe is you can really add anything else you would like into it. You can add lavender for scent (also helps with stretch mark prevention), shea butter or cocoa butter. I’ve also heard that Sweet Almond oil works wonders. Just be sure to research any products before adding to make sure they are safe during pregnancy!
- 1 Cup Organic Coconut Oil (purchased from local grocery store but you can order online here)
- 1 Tablespoon Vitamin E Oil (for my first batch I used Vitamin E capsules I had on hand already and just poked a hole in them to remove the liquid. It took forever though and was really messy so I ordered a small bottle for my second batch)
- 1/2 tbsp. Frankincense Oil (ordered online here)
Put 1 cup of Coconut oil in microwave safe bowl and heat for 10 second, it will become a clear liquid. Add Vitamin E Oil and Frankincense. Stir well and add to whatever jar you would like to store the cream in. Place in refrigerator for 40 minutes.
Once you remove from the fridge, the cream can be stored at room temperature. The oil will harden again but turn to liquid form after just a few second in your hand which makes it easy to spread.