You can call ‘em tiger stripes if you want, but when it comes down to it: no woman wants stretch marks. But unfortunately they are an annoying reality of life, like knuckle hair and lowered metabolism. According to BabyCenter, at least half of women will get those silver scars during pregnancy (although that sounds like very modest estimates to me!).
That said, I will give you one guess to what our #1 customer inquiries are about. Are expectant Mamas most worried about trying to prevent morning sickness or producing an increase breast milk? Or maybe a breastfeeding nipple butter for their chapped nips?
The most prevalent concern expressed from Moms (always with a glint of hope and desperation is their eyes!) is:
“How do I prevent stretch marks during pregnancy?”
I’ve rounded up the most popular questions asked by our Mamas about our stretch marks lotion Tummy Butter. It’s everything you wanted to know about keeping those tiger stripes far, far away! Plus, check out The Spoiled Mama Facebook to WIN your own 4 oz Tummy Butter NOW!
Q: I’m only in the first trimester of my pregnancy. I have no stretch marks yet, but I’m really worried about getting them! How soon can I begin using your Tummy Butter and Bump Gloss? (Janice P., California)
A: Hi Janice, congratulations on your pregnancy! You can begin using both products as soon as you’d like. As they say: Prevention is the BEST medicine. It is never too early.
Q: I’m four months pregnant (with my first, yay!), and have been using your Tummy Butter every single day! Not one stretch mark yet, but I’m wondering if you have any advice on other things I can do too? (Mara K., Illinois)
A: One reason women get stretch marks during pregnancy is because their skin is not getting enough hydration. Simple solution? Drink plenty of water! With the warm summer months, it is recommended pregnant women drink 80 oz of water daily! Also make sure you are massaging the Tummy Butter into your skin in order to increase blood circulation and help with your skin’s elasticity!
Q: I’m pregnant with my second child, and I am suffering from major morning sickness. I want to use your Tummy Butter for stretch marks, but I’m afraid I may get sick. What does it smell like? (Anne D., New York)
A: Great question, Anne! Many expectant Mamas are naturally concerned about introducing potentially nauseating smells into their skin care routine. Our cocoa butter Tummy Butter is scented with orange essential oils — many say the end result smells like orange chocolate! If you find lavender more soothing, try our pregnancy stretch mark oil Bump Gloss! (And if you’re REALLY suffering, try our Happy Mornings Sippin’ Tea — an all natural, organic solution to help reduce and aid in nausea during pregnancy.)
Q: I had my baby four months ago, and have stretch marks on stomach and thighs!! I wish I found out about your product sooner! Can I still use your belly butter? (Lita N., New York)
A: Good news, Lita. It may not be too late! If your stretch marks are new (purple-red color, raised) then our cocoa butter for scars will certainly help heal AND fade them.
Q: Quick question… I’m really interested in using the tummy butter and was wondering how long a 12oz container of it usually last? (Brandi J., North Dakota)
A: The short answer is: it depends on every woman (i.e. how frequently are you applying? how much do you apply at one time? how many parts of your body are you putting it on?). That said, I’d definitely recommend the 12 oz if you are in the earlier phase your pregnancy; however, keep in mind the butter works great for stretch marks after childbirth, and also for helping heal and fade C-section scars.
Q: Does your Tummy Butter work on women of every ethnicity? (Laurie P., Florida)
A: Yes! Our Tummy Butter doesn’t discriminate!
If you have any questions I haven’t addressed here, leave me a comment below! Have a great week, Mamas!