Being that I am well into my second trimester of my second pregnancy, my little bump has decided to make its appearance MUCH earlier than it did during my first. I was more tone, athletic, and busy with my first pregnancy, so my growing baby didn’t really become noticeable until I was almost 7 months pregnant. This time around has been a completely different ball game, and with a rather noticeable baby bump and extra itchy skin, I looked to an all-natural belly butter and oil to soothe the itch, and help prevent stretch marks this time around.
It’s important to note that it has been said that genetics plays the #1 role in whether or not you will develop stretch marks during your pregnancy: “If your mom or sister got them while they were pregnant, chances are you will, too.” Heard that one? Yeah, I’ve heard it enough as well. It has also been noted that staying hydrated while pregnant (something we are supposed to do anyway – and, I am ashamed to say I am quite bad at) allows your skin to stretch easier.
I also believe that not gaining too much weight too quickly is also an important factor in whether or not you will develop stretch marks. Unfortunately, that isn’t always in our hands when it comes to morning sickness, cravings, and, well, being pregnant in general – a girl gets hungry!
In any case, a soothing belly butter or oil that is made to help prevent stretch marks, as well as ease itching discomfort, is well worth the extra effort in my opinion. If not for the stretch marks – then definitely for the itching.
So while you may think your first and best choice is to run to the convenience store and pick up a bottle of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula – let’s just take a look at the ingredients, taking note that one would think the main one in that plastic bottle would be, um, cocoa butter – a naturally hydrating and soothing moisturizer. Oh, poor, unfortunate souls. Read on:
Ingredients in Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula for Stretch Marks:
Water (Aqua), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Isopropyl Lanolate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Propyl Glycol, Dimethicone, Lanolin Alcohol (Lanolin), Stearic Acid, Bentonite, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Butyrospearmum Parkii (Shea Butter), Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Tocopheryl Acetate, Solube Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Disodim EDTA, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Limonene, Linalool, Caramel, Fragrance (Parfum). Reference: HERE.
Lots of stuff in there I really don’t want to be rubbing on my skin. Instead, I have found multiple amazing, organic, belly rubbing magic that only utilizes all-natural ingredients. And on top of it – they work. Naturally. Plus, they don’t leave you smelling like a giant chocolate bar like that other stuff.
Here is my list of Top Belly Butters & Oils for Stretch Mark Prevention During Pregnancy:
Zoe Organics – Belly Butter: This is one of two items I am currently using during my pregnancy. The greatest part about this formulation is that it is 100% organic, and the thick and creamy consistency soothes any itch related to stretching immediately. I like to use this belly butter on the greatest growing part on my body: my belly. Don’t forget that belly button!
Ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter,* rosa canina (rosehip seed) oil,* persea gratissima (avocado) oil,* cocos nucifera (coconut) oil,* calendula officinalis (calendula) extract,* aphanizomenon flos aquae (blue green algae) extract,* rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract,* pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) essential oil,* cananga odorata (ylang ylang) essential oil,* santalum spicatum (sandalwood) essential oil,* anthemis nobilis (chamomile) essential oil.* *certified organic ingredient
Earth Mama Angel Baby – Natural Stretch Oil: The second product I’m currently using – I know I have mentioned several times in a number of blog posts how much I love this brand for my son, but I’ve yet to mention just how equal that love is for their pregnancy and postpartum/breastfeeding products, as well (more to come on others)! This natural, herbal stretch mark oil is perfect in places like under and around your growing breasts, as well as your love handle and butt area. It smells fantastic (another reason I opt to use it closer to my nose), and it can also be used on your – ya, know – perineal area to promote elasticity and help reduce tearing. Uh, yes please. Toxin-, paraben- and artifical-ingredients free, it’s made with natural, plant-based oils.
Ingredients: Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba) seed oil, Borago officinalis (organic borage) seed oil, Calendula officinalis (organic calendula) flower extract, Citrus sinensis (organic sweet orange), Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) flower oil
The Spoiled Mama – Tummy Butter: If you’re wondering what makes mama so spoiled, it’s not only because she’s rubbing her growing, pregnancy body parts with fine, organic ingredients, but also because this item carries the heftiest price tag on this list. Both Toxin and Vegan Free, it is made with pure cocoa butter that is enriched with 11 natural oils, all of which are pure and organic. Although, it is a bit pricier than the other products on this list, this particular product is The Spoiled Mama’s #1 item, and has amazing reviews: hydrating, great smell, and very effective! All things we want when trying to keep those stretch marks at bay – a product that works, and works well!
Ingredients: Aqua (Distilled Water), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil*, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil*, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Stearic Acid, Vitamin E (Mixed Tocopherols from GMO-Free Sources), Coco-Caprylate, Emulsifying Wax NF, Sodium Hydroxymethglycinate, Phenoxyethanol ; *certified organic
The Honest Company – Organic Belly Balm: Now, of course, the Honest Company is one of our favorite brands for many items, and this organic belly balm is one of my favorite in their line of Health & Beauty. With no harsh chemicals, petroleum, mineral oil, lanolin, gluten, parabens, phthalates, fragrances, dyes, or most common allergens – this belly balm is at the top of our list. The organic shea butter and nourishing oils in its composition moisturize, soothe, and promote elasticity of a mama-to-be’s stretching skin. This balm uses jojoba, apricot kernel, rosehip, and tamanu oils to smoothe marks on the skin, while also toning it.
Ingredients: Helanthuus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Tocopherol (Non-GMO† Vitamin E), Ocimum Basilicum (Sweet Basil)*, Calendula Officinalis Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Oil*, Tamanu Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Vera*; *certified organic ingredient
TruSelf Organics – Raw Body Butter: Besides the fact that this product is vegan, 100% organic, handmade, and cruelty free, it is made with only FOUR ingredients. FOUR organic, all-natural ingredients. That’s it. And we love that fact. Even more reasons to love it: It is made with no parabens, phthalates, preservatives, petroleum, or artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. This product comes to you in its natural state, so it is a bit tough when you receive it – it simply needs to be warmed up in your hands, and it then becomes a natural, healing butter for even the deepest of stretch marks.
Ingredients: Certified Grade-A Organic Shea Butter, Raw Organic Cocoa Butter, Raw Organic Unrefined Cocoa Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil.
Best Nest Wellness – Organic Mama Belly Butter: As described on their website, this product is “a luxurious body butter to soothe itchy, irritated skin”. With a growing belly – ya know, an obvious characteristic of pregnancy we cannot avoid – your stretching skin can become thin, dry, and itchy. We are happy to say that this product soothes the itch, and help prevent and remove stretch marks of all kinds. 100% organic, non-gmo, and free of preservative and artificial ingredients; this belly butter is infused with organic coconut oil, calendula, beeswax and chamomile – plus, it smells like an orange dreamsicle. Good all around.
Ingredients: Organic Sunflower Oil, Beeswax, Organic Cocoa Seed Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Calendula Oil, Organic Orange Peel Oil.
Cleopatra’s Choice – 100% Pure Organic Shea Butter: This stuff is super thick, and some moms may think it is more of a pain to try and rub in, but when I say I have seen first hand the MIRACLES this stuff has done on pre-existing stretch marks, I am NOT joking, and it has ONE ingredient. That’s it. So if this works miracles on those pesky stretch marks that already exist, I am positive it does amazing things to prevent them. Plus, you can buy this stuff in bulk, for crazy cheap prices.
Ingredient: 100% Organic, pure, unrefined shea butter.
Of course, a good mix of coconut oil, jojoba oil and Vitamin E can also do wonders for your skin if you wanted to create something at home. If you’re not looking to run a bunch of chemicals on that sweet baby bump of yours during and after your pregnancy, I recommend looking into these amazing products, instead!
Get to growing that belly – and preventing those stretch marks!