Let me tell you, I was so scared of getting stretch marks the first time around with Leighton... but I used Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Balm because it is Burt's Bees, and I love their stuff. Plus, a good friend who is a high-risk pregnancy nurse warned me against using any sort of cocoa butter because the caffeine can actually soak into the skin, affect the baby, and cause heart issues.
Even though I do love all things Burt's Bees, that product was a bit oily and sticky, and I did get one stretch mark (SHHHH! don't tell anyone!) regardless of diligent twice-a-day applications. When I got pregnant the second time, I thought I'd switch things up and go with the option of Bio-Oil that I had seen advertised and was convinced would work (I'm a sucker for marketing and advertising).
I really liked this product. I went through a total of four 4.2 oz bottles, with 2 applications per day from the very start of the pregnancy (the VERY START - like right after I saw "pregnant" on the stick)... and I still have a half of a bottle left. I didn't notice a residue on my clothes, and it seemed to absorb nicely.
As of now, I have yet to see any extra stretch marks, even with the second child staying an extra week and gaining an extra 1/2 pound and 1" in length. I call that a successful product.
I am continuing to use up the last of the bottle before switching over to vitamin E to see if I can make that original stretch mark disappear completely... I'll let you know if that happens. But for now, if you're pregnant or considering it, I would invest in Bio-Oil... and get it on Amazon.com because it's a good price there.... way less than I saw it for at the grocery store. You're welcome.
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Cyndi M. Frick
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