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when pregnant do you think creams/oils help Rss

When pregnant with DD i used bio oil, coco butter, shear butter, body shop butter (not all at once) to prevent stetch marks.

i think it worked, i already had a couple of stretch marks on my hips from growing so fast at 12, and they just got a tad longer. but my tummy was stretch mark free....very lucky as i gained 25kgs.

i was 22 when i had DD so i had age on my side.

now at 25 (not say ing thats old)i am using oils and butters again, all in the vein hope i can save my skin.

so do you ladies think it works? did you use it when pregnant....what were your results?

very interested!!!



I don't think they help at all...
I slathered myself in oils and creams from the day I found out I was preg and I still ended up with a belly that looks like a road map.
Stretch marks started showing up a little before 12 weeks and I knew they'd be horrible, but I kept using the creams/oils in hope that they wouldn't turn out the way they did sad
I am 33 and when pregnant with DS i started using the body shop cocoa butter stick then used bio oil after reading so many good things about it.
I loved bio oil for the smell, how it felt on my skin and how it was absorbed. I didnt get any stretch marks. grin
I am still using it now to help get elasticity back in my skin and seems to be good for that too.


I think they help to an extent, but I also think genetics & age have a lot to do with who gets stretch marks and how bad they are.

I was constantly putting cocoa butter on my belly, bum and thighs when pregnant with DS - forgot my boobs, and guess where my stretch marks went, yep, my boobs!!
I used Bio Oil with the next 2, but not everyday, and I have some stretch marks on the tops of my thighs, my hips, and very, very small ones on my belly.
I'm pretty pleased that's all I have after 3 kids - now I just wish my stretched belly skin would tighten <img src='https://www.huggies.com.au/forum/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/dry.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='<_<' />.
I have tried both ways... With DD#1 I put cocoa butter and bio oil on religiously morning and evening from about 8 weeks. I was patting myself on the back at about 37 weeks for only having 1 or 2 stretch marks, then BAM I got about a million! Second time round I thought stuff it, it didn't work the first time so I didn't put any cream or oil on except for very occasionally if I was moisturising my legs or something, I'd give the belly a swipe. With DD#2 I got 3 stretch marks.
Now there was a difference - the first stretchmarks, with the cream and oil, are thin and silvery and always have been, while the second ones are reddish/purple and are quite wide.
So I think that the creams/oils help with the appearance of the stretch marks, but I think that it is genetics whether you will get them. As for me, if I have a #3 baby I will be using the creams/oils as for me it seems to keep the stretch marks looking silvery and thin and therefore less noticeable.

When pregnant with DD i used bio oil, coco butter, shear butter, body shop butter (not all at once) to prevent stetch marks.

i think it worked, i already had a couple of stretch marks on my hips from growing so fast at 12, and they just got a tad longer. but my tummy was stretch mark free....very lucky as i gained 25kgs.

i was 22 when i had DD so i had age on my side.

now at 25 (not say ing thats old)i am using oils and butters again, all in the vein hope i can save my skin.

so do you ladies think it works? did you use it when pregnant....what were your results?

very interested!!!


I read somewhere that it depends on the elasticity of your skin and that no cream can prevent them.

I put on body shop cocoa shea butter daily and didnt get a single stretchmark during my pregnancies and gained between 14 and 16kg each time. My sister also applied creams and she has alot of stretchmarks. Guess I was lucky and didnt have age on my side so I dont think that plays a part, I was 35+ for all my pregnancies.
So I've read on here before that stretch marks occur in the second layer of skin. Oils creams etc only penetrate the first layer...

But in saying that I am still using bio oil *just in case* Too early to tell if it is really working though. TBH I don't think it is... have a few on my hips and boobs so far so I think more are in store
dp rubs bio oil into my tummy every night. at the end of the day I don't mind if it doesn't work cause its nice smile
Maybe it all just depends on each person.
I uses coco butter oil early on in my pregnancy, just b4 I hit my second tri and I used it twice a day. I never had any marks at all. In fact, the only sign that I was pregnant (aside from DS of course) is my c-sec scar.
So I'm guessing it depends on you and your body.
i didn't use any creams and i didn't get until 35 weks then i got a million they look so weird there thin but theres heaps on my tummy there every else too i heard it mostly genetics so i thought why bother i regret that now <img src='https://www.huggies.com.au/forum/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/dry.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='<_<' />

When pregnant with DD i used bio oil, coco butter, shear butter, body shop butter (not all at once) to prevent stetch marks.

i think it worked, i already had a couple of stretch marks on my hips from growing so fast at 12, and they just got a tad longer. but my tummy was stretch mark free....very lucky as i gained 25kgs.

i was 22 when i had DD so i had age on my side.

now at 25 (not say ing thats old)i am using oils and butters again, all in the vein hope i can save my skin.

so do you ladies think it works? did you use it when pregnant....what were your results?

very interested!!!


I used them religously first time round pg with DS (aged 23) and I still got quite a few. My mum got them and so did my grandma. They say it's a genetic thing and if you are gonna get them you are gonna get them! But I think maybe creams/oils can reduce their severity but to what degree I don't know. Doesn't hurt anyway smile

DS - Nov 2008 & DD - Feb 2012

Thanks for the replies!!

wow mixed results....i think i'll keep lathering up....just incase. my mum doesn't have a mark on her body after 3 kids, but i got stretch marks before DD...so i didn't think i had her skin type.

hopefully i can keep the stretch marks away this time too....fingers crossed!!!!



I didn't use any special creams with my pregnancies and I didn't get stretch marks

I think it really depends on genes, you skin type, and how much weight you gain.

However a good moisturiser is never going to hurt if you want to give it a try wink
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