Stretch marks in pregnancy.
As your skin expands to accommodate your growing baby and you gain weight, hormonal changes are triggered in the adrenal glands to produce more hormones called glucocortoids. These hormones cause the elastin fibers and collagen just beneath the skin to tear when the skin is stretched. The tears appear as depressed reddish or brownish
streaks, and can often be seen around the abdomen, buttocks, thighs and breasts during pregnancy. These streaks are called stretch marks. They do fade to silvery fine lines over time after pregnancy and are not painful. However many women feel self conscious about the appearance of stretch marks. It is best to begin preventative treatment as soon as you know you are pregnant.
We at Baby Bump Care recommend Schuessler Tissue Salts Calc Fluor to help reduce the likelihood of stretch marks during pregnancy. Tissue salts are micro doses that are suitable for infants and during pregnancy. They are rapidly absorbed and stimulate the body’s natural healing process.
We also recommend any of the following nutritious oils or balms to effectively and safely moisturise as part of your Baby Bump Care routine
Blossom Blend by HempHempHooray is one of our favourates for mums to be, lovingly prepared it contains a unique combination of organic essential oils including Australian grown organic, hemp seed oil that nourish and soothe your spirit aswell as your skin, helping you to feel nurtured during your pregnancy.
Jojoba by The Jojoba Company is 100% Natural Australian Jojoba. Jojoba is the only plant known to produce wax esters similar in structure to our own wax esters found in youthful skin sebum. As we age the production of these wax esters diminishes and causes our skin’s ageing process to begin. Jojoba restores youthful skin naturally. Jojoba is exstremely versitile and can also be blended with the products you already use to increase its moisturising ability. We love Jojoba and recommend it for massaging your new born baby too. We also have Echolife's and Tisserand's Organic Jojoba available.
Nurturing Body Oil by Juniper is a very beautiful blend of essential oils specifically designed for use during pregnancy to treat stretch marks. It contains 1st grade organic certified oils such as jojoba and rose hip, that are safe to use during pregnancy and breast feeding and has an uplifting sweet smelling aroma combined with French Lavender, its epecially good for those of you who particularly love the smell of sweet orange and/or are experiencing nausea.
Stretch Mark Massage Oil by Weleda is a pure organic formula infused with arnica that helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks by improving skin's elasticity and tightness. This blend nourishes and helps visibly smooth the skin when massaged into the skin 2-3 times a day. It has a lemon/citrus smell and gives an uplifting and soothing feeling on application.
Mother to be Belly Balm by Beauty And The Bees is one of Tassie's best home grown products for pregnant women, it has a rich creamy, non-greasy texture infused with Tasmanian Lavender and Tangerine essential oils. It is exstremely moisturising being especially soothing for dry, itchy skin. The main ingredient is leatherwood beeswax so it is important that you like a honey scent found with this product. If your having twins and really worried about getting stretch marks then this might be for you.
Wonder balm by Natureschild is a very versitile balm suitable for the whole family ,it is also a beeswax based body balm infused with roman chamomile for its use in treating stretch marks and lavender essential oils inducing a very calming effect. If your wanting to economise but still be using a high quality natural product then Wonder balm might be for you.
Please follow the links to learn more about these products at Baby Bump Care.
Always consult with your Midwife or Doctor to check any skin changes you notice during pregnancy.