Stretch marks seem to be something that a lot of people worry about during pregnancy. I have to say, it wasn’t something that bothered me in the beginning. My theory was that no one, aside from Nathan, saw my stomach pre-pregnancy anyway, so what did it matter what it looked like under my clothes? I think that was a pretty healthy attitude, but I have to admit it hasn’t really stuck throughout the pregnancy.
Despite my positive attitude, one of the first baby-related things I bought was a moisturiser aimed at reducing/preventing stretch marks. I went for Palmer’s Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks – because who doesn’t want their stomach to smell like chocolate?!
While I used the cream religiously for the first couple of weeks, I soon slacked off. Perhaps that was my mistake, because lo and behold, a couple of months down the line and I have plenty of stretch marks. I did dwell on it a little when I found the first one, and I was kind of disappointed in my reaction. I’d hoped I wouldn’t be bothered about it, and it annoyed me that I was annoyed by it.
A few weeks later I realised I had a lot more, right at the bottom of my bump. Again, I had a minor panic at seeing them, but I got over it fairly quickly. Like I said before, no one else sees my stomach anyway, and Nathan keeps saying they look pretty cool. I have to agree, I don’t think they’re really ugly or anything, and it’ll be interesting to see how they look when the bump has gone down.
The really bad thing about stretch marks was the discomfort they brought. My skin felt tight and sore, and having clothes brushing against them really irritated them. It reminded me of the kind of pain that comes with sunburn. I’ve started moisturising more now and it’s definitely helping with the discomfort. We’ll have to wait and see if it improves the stretch marks/prevents any new ones coming in.
If stretch marks are something that bothers you then I’d recommend using a good moisturiser as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. It’ll keep your skin supple and help with the stretching, though I think whether or not you get stretch marks really can depend on genetics and luck more than anything else.
But my real advice is to learn to love them. I know it can be easier said than done, and I don’t always feel great about them, but I like to try and focus on the positives instead. Obviously you’re getting a baby at the end of all this, which is incredible on it’s own. I also think it’s amazing what your body is doing, and you should love it for the hard work it’s doing in growing your baby!