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As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, and this is especially true of stretch marks. Whilst some of us might be more predisposed to them than others (unfortunately, I fall into the former, I have stretch marks on my legs from sports as a teenager), the fact remains that if you show your bump a whole lot of love before it even starts to grow, then you are arming your skin with the elasticity it needs to eventually – for want of a better word – expand.

When I was pregnant, because of my body’s aforementioned susceptibility to marking, I was overly obsessing about how my skin would respond. Being in the beauty industry, friends and colleagues were quick to pass on advice on how to save myself from the stretch. And whilst some were more helpful than others (one friend suggested that I bathe in milk) there were a few tips that I found that worked: I don’t have a single pregnancy-induced stretch mark to speak of, and so here I pass on those pearls of wisdom to you:

  • Apply oil both morning and evening, especially in the 4-7 month period when belly expansion (there’s that word again, apologies) is rapid and your skin needs to be as supple as possible
  • Whether you’re a morning or evening shower/bath person, lather oil up once you’re freshly washed as your skin is more receptive to product when soft and warm
  • Don’t just lather your bump: pay special attention to your boobs, bum and thighs as they will change in tandem with your tummy too
  • Be generous, use more product than you think you need
  • Continue to apply product once you have had your baby to help skin have the elasticity it needs to return back to normal.

And one final world:

Your product choice is totally personal.
Whilst you might want to look for buzz words such as Vitamin E, Almond, Coconut or Wheatgerm Oil, the actual product you choose should depend on how much you want to spend and what texture or scent you prefer. I used everything from the cheap and cheerful BioOil to the more luxe Clarins Body Tonic. They were both marvellous, but what mattered the most was being ritualistic and methodical in the application. So oil up and enjoy!

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