So I am now going through pregnancy for the second time around…does it feel massively different this time? Nope, not really. One thing I do hope is different is that this baby grows well unlike Baby H who had restricted growth in the womb – it make those early days extremely tough for everyone as they do need that extra care and attention being so tiny. If all goes well I should have quite a biggish bump (my last bump could easily be disguised with a cardigan even at 37 weeks!) and that means….stretch mark care!
I have no doubt that with a normal sized bump there will be a stretch mark or two. Last time I used mainly Neals Yard and a number of other products – this time around I’ve been using a lot of random oils and creams. Neals Yard is someone pricey for my liking, but I have since been using this gorgeous belly wax from Oh-Lief…
I have actually been using quite a few products from Oh-Lief (reviews to follow) – the range focuses on the goodness of Olive oil. This tummy wax is a mixture of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, baobab seed oil and beeswax.
Quite a natural concoction that is also safe through nursing.
I like this moisturiser because despite it being waxy and oily looking, it rubs in nicely with minimal residue – anything waxy is going to leave a little bit of residue – and it makes the whole tummy area feel soft and bouncy (is that the right word!). There’s no added perfume or any other unnecessary additives. I also rub it into my c-section scar, and it works a treat.
This is my current favourite belly product for sure and is quite reasonable at £11.00 (free UK delivery too from their website).
Here are some other oils and bits and bobs I have been using (or not!):
1. Fushi Peace Head & Face Oil – only for minimal use around the scalp or head, before washing it off. It does contain some essential oils, so I use this very sparingly, but it’s not so smell in if nothing else.
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Oil, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Rosa Canina Seed Extract, Tocopherol,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene
2. Weleda Almond Oil – I’ve abandoned most facial oils now that my skin is extremely sensitive but I can use this Weleda one with no problems. Almond is a soothing oil for sensitive skins – no fragrance, no colour, nothing fancy. It’s also good for dry patches, which I have.
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil, Prunus Spinosa Flower Extract.
3. Bio Oil – Forever talked about as a brilliant oil for stretch marks and scarring – I was suckered in to because of all the marketing. In reality, Bio Oil is the least ‘natural’ oil I have here – a look at the ingredients shows mineral oil (which some people are sensitive too), fragrances and so on. It’s also very expensive for what is basically perfumed and coloured mineral oil – however, some people just won’t be told and believe this to be these best thing for their scars!
I have actually been using this (it doesn’t last for long if you use it on larger areas not just your scars) on my legs after the shower. It’s absolutely fine and using an oil I find is quicker than rubbing in a cream at least.
Read Paula’s Choice analysis of Bio Oil here.
Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Triisononanoin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, BHT, Bisabolol, Fragrance, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Red 17.
4. Oh-Lief – as above review!
5. Derma Mum Roll On – If I can’t bribe anyone to give me a massage then I use this derma roller just on my legs, back etc. It’s quite cooling and surprisingly refreshing! It’s hard finding someone who will do pregnancy massages I think people just don’t want to touch you incase they set you off into spontaneous labour.
AQUA (WATER), ALCOHOL DENAT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, PHENOXYETHANOL, GLYCERIN, ALCOHOL, RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT, CARBOMER, ALGAE EXTRACT, NATTO GUM, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, ONOPORDUM ACANTHIUM FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, CHLORPHENESIN, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE
6. Scholl Velvet Smooth Intense Serum – My feet and legs feel a lot more uncomfortable and warm now that I am pregnant so I like to have a cream or gel I apply at night time if I remember. I hate anything that sits on the feet – I hate it! I can’t move until it sinks in so this very lightweight serum is perfect.
That’s the body care stuff I have been using roughly – I am not very high maintenance when it comes to body care, I just don’t use heavily perfumed/dyed products because they make me itch like crazy!
What moisturisers do you recommend for pregnancy?