My Anti-Stretch Mark Routine


I understand that to others this may seem a slightly trivial topic to focus on, especially when I'm about to become a Mother. Taking on everything that comes with being a good Mum, it's no easy task. Surely stretch marks should be the last thing on my mind? I'm sure in a few months time when little one is here I'll be laughing at myself and the time I've spent slathering potions on my belly, but for the time being I have no regrets!

So, I've made it to 31 weeks pregnant without a stretch mark. I'm definitely not out of the woods yet as I've been warned the majority of stretch marks come at the very end of the third trimester. I've tried a ridiculous amount of 'Mummy Tummy' products, but these three wonders have stood out from the masses.

Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter. A little seems to go a long way with this stuff. It's deliciously thick and leaves an almost velvet like feeling on the skin after you've applied it, no stickiness at all. If my tummy starts to feel tight or itchy I grab this, it feels so soothing on the skin and has a lovely light citrus fragrance that I can't get enough of! I've been using it as recommended, all over from boobs to bum when I feel I need a real dose of moisture (pretty much every other day as my skin isn't a fan of Winter). It's also recommended for use up to 4 months post-partum to help aide skin to shrink back to it's pre-prego size. The Tummy Rub Butter is free from parabens, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance and colourants, xenoestrogens, PEGs, glycols and pthalates and their Omega-rich oils and Shea Butter are now organic.

I'm in love with this body oil from Clarins. It's been specifically designed to prepare skin to face the strains of weight changes and stretching, making it ideal for use in pregnancy as you're going to be stretching a lot! The base oil is Hazelnut with 100% pure and powerful plant extracts including Rosemary, Geranium and Mint. It basically makes your bathroom smell like the most luxurious spa. I've taken to using it all over my torso after I get out of the shower and before I go to bed. Each application feels like a real treat for my skin and I definitely notice the texture of my skin after use feels much more nourished and plump. 

The Secret Saviours system is a 3 part kit, a Day Gel, a Night Cream and an Anti Stretch Mark Band. There is a handy sizing guide for the band on the website, I purchased mine in size S. I was 76cm when I initially ordered and I'm now 90cm so it's looking like the Small band will last me through the entirety of my pregnancy *fingers crossed*. I apply the Day Gel each morning to my bump, I use about 3 pumps and allow it to soak in a little until it has a slightly sticky texture on my skin. Then I pop my bump band on so the pads are facing inwards and go about my day. My bump feels nice and secure and my lower back feels lightly supported. Being a neutral rose pink also means I can wear it under lighter clothing without it showing through. Some days I'm able to keep it on longer than others, if my skin is feeling super sensitive I keep it on until I get home and then apply the Night Cream straight away. Both the Day Gel and Night Cream have a beautiful botanical spa scent (I'm loving these scent's during my pregnancy!), the scent alone makes application feel like a real luxury treat. There's a great video on the Secret Saviours website explaining in more detail exactly how the band works to dissipate stress under the skin and therefore prevent stretch marks forming. (

I've tried more than a few dud products to get to this shortlist and the combination of these 3 products at the moment has given me the most amazing skin. I've also purchased a Brita water jug to encourage me to stay hydrated as hydration is the key to supple, elastic skin. Hopefully I'll make it to 40 weeks with minimal marks, I know there is evidence to show stretch marks are genetic and as my Mum did suffer with stretch marks too so I'm not expecting to come out completely unscathed. Either way I feel like my little massaging ritual has helped me to bond with my baby and I've enjoyed the time I've spent pampering my little bump.

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