Sunday, April 20, 2008

Stretch it Out- Mama Glow! Stretch Mark Prevention

For many mothers there's a great deal of anxiety around weight gain and stretch marks during pregnancy. The skin tends to stretch gradually, allowing the body a little time to adjust to the change in growth. However, the rapid weight gain that happens toward the third trimester results in subtle if not intense stretch marks in many women. Most women strive to prevent the skin from reaching the point of stretching beyond capacity. There are ways you can minimize the likelihood of stretch marks appearing and to lessen the damage to the skin. The results vary from person to person, and depend largely on your genetics, diet, and lifestyle. One thing to keep in mind is that these stretch marks, which resemble the stripes of a mother tiger, are the mark of a rite of passage that you’ve taken as a new mom. And it’s no sign of failure or inferiority on any level if your abdomen becomes marked; it’s a sign of motherhood.

Your intake of certain foods has a huge impact on your skin elasticity. Increase your intake of the following foods to keep your skin supple and help prevent stretch marks.
  • Take Vitamin E to increase skin elasticity
  • Get your proper intake of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) Flax seed, Borage oil, Currant seed oil, Blue green algae
  • Eat nuts and seeds (Brazil nuts, Macadamias, Almonds, Walnuts, Hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds)
Mama Glow! Stretch Mark Prevention oil

1 oz. Wheatgerm Oil (or almond oil)
1 oz. Borage oil and Jojoba oil
Essential oils of Lavender and Neroli

Fill a dark glass bottle with 2 oz. wheat germ oil, (almond oil), and Borage and Jojoba oil. Add 5 drops of essential oil of lavender, and 20 drops essential oil of neroli. Shake well prior to each use. Apply daily after bathing. Massage in a circular motion, on, above, and beneath the blossoming belly.

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