Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks

If you have been following me for a while, you will know I tend to be very organized and plan well ahead!

Preventing stretch marks was definitely on my list of things to try and avoid. My mum had stretch marks and many forums will tell you it is probably hereditary! I disagree.

Now, I already had stretch marks on my hips from when I was a teenager and I had gone through a growth spurt. They are white now and barely visible. So I was thinking there would be a good chance of me getting them during my pregnancy!

So here’s what I did!

  1. I used Dove Triple Moisturizing Body Wash every shower
  2. Applied Mio Tummy Rub Butter and Oil morning and night from end of trimester one
  3. Applied The Stretch Serum in the last 8 weeks of trimester three
  4. Drank 2.5lt of water daily during my pregnancy
  5. Exercised

The result was I had no stretch marks at all during my pregnancy! However after bub was born I noticed I had four small marks on my belly ( hardly noticeable) which I’m okay with!

I had no stretch marks on my boobs until after my milk came in! They have come up around my nipples and underneath but I have heard from a lot of woman, they tend to go away after breastfeeding. However if not, I’m fine with that too.

I’m continuing with my creams now on my tummy and boobs and will for the next 4 months or so.

If I’m concerned about stretch marks at a later date I will get them lasered. Until then a spray tan covers them!

So all in all, even though I was very proactive with prevention and I’m happy with the outcome, I still have some stretch marks.

However, every woman and every body is different. Some women get them and some don’t, but there are lots of things you can do to prevent them or minimize them.

I look at my body and my marks now and I embrace them because I was able to create, nourish and bring a little human into the world and when you see their little faces, nothing else matters.

Much love xx

DIY Perineum Healing Spray and Padsicles

DIY Perineum Healing Spray and Padsicles

Being 38 weeks pregnant, my “nesting” and organization phase is well and truly underway!

So I also decided to make my own Perineum healing spray to help my postpartum.

The best thing about this spray is apart from being homemade, all natural and made with pure essential oils you can also use this to make “padsicles” which I will also post below.

This spray is designed to help with swelling, pain, toning and healing.

What you will need:

Glass Spray Bottle 100ml – I used Oils of Australia

Witch Hazel – I bought mine from Coles ( Acts as a toner and can be used on swollen body parts)

1 tbsp Aloe vera – I bought mine from Coles ( Used to cool/heal inflamed skin and relives swelling)

5-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil ( Aids in healing, relives inflammation and is antibacterial)

5-10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil ( Heals broken skin, irritation and tears)

5-10 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil ( Relieves pain, cramping and re-tone area)

What to do:

  1. Fill up your bottle half way with Witch Hazel
  2. Add in your Essential Oils
  3. Add in Aloe Vera ( Optional – but this is great for an added cooling effect)
  4. Shake
  5. Top up with Witch Hazel
  6. Keep in the fridge for added cooling effect

You can use this spray anytime to aid in discomfort and especially after going to the toilet. You can even spray on your sanitary pads when changing for an added cooling/healing effect.

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How to Make Padsicles:

So now we have made the perineum cooling spray we can also use the same mixture to make padsicles, with a slight variation.

What you will need:

Perineum healing spray mixture ( as above)

Maternity Pads

1-2 tbsp Aloe Vera ( Per Pad)

Large plastic sandwich bags ( For freezer storage)

What to do:

  1. Open up maternity pads and apply the Aloe Vera
  2. Spray the pad with 12-15 sprays of the healing mixture
  3. Fold the pad back up with the wings in last
  4. Put the pad back into the original wrapper
  5. Place in plastic bag
  6. Place bag in freezer

Now you have some cooling, healing padsicles to use postpartum!

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