One of the main worries throughout my pregnancy has been the possibility of getting stretch marks. I know that this is something that comes with carrying a baby, but I have also been determined to lessen the chance as much as possible. According to WebMD, stretch marks occur when your body grows faster than your skin can keep up with, causing the elastic fibers under the surface of the skin to break.
This can of course vary among women and the amount of weight that is gained and how quickly weight is put on during pregnancy. I have tried to keep my weight gain at a steady pace and exercising at least 3 times a week has helped keep this under control as well.
Many women may experience dry and/or itchy skin during this process, which is important to treat and try not to itch. In order to combat any itchiness, dryness, and stretch mark prevention, I have been using coconut oil religiously and absolutely LOVE it!
Coconut oil has worked wonders for me so far during my pregnancy and I make sure to apply it to my tummy, breasts, and glutes 2-3 times daily. By doing so, I have noticed a great amount of help with maintaining moisture in my skin and also major relief of itchiness.
Along with coconut oil, I make sure to keep hydrated, consuming a gallon of water per day. The combination of the two has been so helpful as my tummy gets larger each week! So far at 33 weeks pregnant, I only have a few purple/red veins starting in my stomach in 2 areas.
My best advice is to be consistent with both the coconut oil applications and water intake. I apply coconut oil once in the morning, once on my lunch break, and then right after an evening shower. Simply place desired amount of coconut oil on fingertips from jar and rub in circular motions on desired areas – it’s so quick and smells wonderful, too!
For more ways to use coconut oil during pregnancy, be sure to check out my Top 5 Coconut Oil and Pregnancy Tips.