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Stretch Marks

Postby Bailierae » Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:44 pm

Anyone have any luck not getting them? I've heard coconut oil helps wonders and was going to purchase some this weekend. I've noticed my belly skin is getting tighter and tighter and this belly literally grows by the day. It hasn't gotten itchy but I want to get on it before it does. Since I got pregnant I've been using a body butter from motherhood maternity and I really like it, I've just heard good things about coconut oil and want to try it. What did you try? My mom gained 67lbs with me and didn't get any stretch marks so I'm hoping I get lucky and don't get them but I'm not counting on it with the rate I'm growing. And honestly ill be ok if I get them as long as my boys are healthy just thought I'd get some input from other twin mommies.
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Re: Stretch Marks

Postby dun2859 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:28 pm

I managed not to get any. I had a few very light thin marks around my belly button, but the faded after a few months. I was really the only one who saw them. I started out weighing 130 and gained 57 pounds. Carried them to 37 weeks exactly. My mom gained about 50 pounds with me and has horrible stretch marks. So I figured I was doomed! But I lucked out. My sister didn't get any either, but my brother has them bad on his arms from lifting. I think it is just based on your type of skin and elasticity. I used lotion everyday. Used anything from palmer's to baby lotion.
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Re: Stretch Marks

Postby MommyToOne+2 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:48 pm

I have a very few on my sides and along the bottom of my belly but they don't bother me at all. I only used lotion every time I showered. My stomach got so dry and itchy! It drove me nuts!
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Re: Stretch Marks

Postby babydust2me » Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:19 am

I started using cocoa butter - atlhough admittedly not regularly - around 18-20 weeks. I think I started getting them around 25 weeks or so. I started out at 135lbs and I gained 60 by the time I delivered. I have so many stretch marks I can't even count them all. And they're everywhere. On my belly, on my love handles, my upper thighs, my butt, and the insides of my knees! I was pretty super swollen though and while my mom never got stretch marks for all 4 of her kids, my sister got them with both of hers and she only gained about 30lbs both times.

I was upset about them for a while but I'm over it now. They've all faded, and the ones on my knees are barely noticable anymore. Even though I now weigh only 117 lbs (so I've lost almost 80lbs since I delivered!) I still have the unfortunate twin skin belly so even if I didn't have stretch marks, I still will never wear a bikini again. I've been wearing a tankini all summer and everyone can just get over my stretch marks on my thighs. I refuse to wear a tankini top and boy short bottoms because I will feel like a total grandmother!

Anyway, it's really the luck of the draw and genetics unfortunately. Hopefully you're one of the lucky ones who avoids them!
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Re: Stretch Marks

Postby buggie » Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:51 am

I'm going to guess that it's just genetic. I didn't get a single one and I did nothing at all to prevent them. But I also only carried til 29 weeks and had two 2lb babies. If that's the key, I don't recommend it :)
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Re: Stretch Marks

Postby babydust2me » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:09 am

buggie wrote:I'm going to guess that it's just genetic. I didn't get a single one and I did nothing at all to prevent them. But I also only carried til 29 weeks and had two 2lb babies. If that's the key, I don't recommend it :)


I had plenty of stretch marks by 29 weeks so I guess either yours may have come later or not at all!
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Re: Stretch Marks

Postby Bailierae » Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:13 pm

Yeah, that's what I figured. If I'm going to get them I'm going to get them, but thought I might get some input to see what you all did.
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Re: Stretch Marks

Postby Andrea19 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:49 pm

I haven't had any stretch marks and I'm at 36 weeks and up 45 lbs. I do have an old scar on my abdomen from an appendectomy and it looks pretty beat up, but otherwise nothing. I've been using Burts Bees Mama Bee belly butter daily, which has helped a lot with the itching. But honestly, I think I'm just lucky. I wouldn't spent a lot of money on special products, just find a good lotion you like. I agree, I think it's mostly genetic.
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Re: Stretch Marks

Postby JJsBump » Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:27 am

I used plenty of lotions and still got a ton of them. Honestly I think it was the way I carried and their position inside (both were head down the WHOLE time and their heads always measured a couple weeks ahead)

One of my friends joked that my belly looked like snoopys nose (it really did).

But despite having them early (35 weeks), they were both good size and were healthy so I try not to complain.. But I'm with Cassidy, I got them everywhere and I will never wear a bikini again which is fine Bc I'm an indoor girl anyways ;)
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Re: Stretch Marks

Postby GreekMythFreak » Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:41 pm

You're genetically predisposed, so if you're going to get them all you can do it try to take care of them - creams etc...
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