If you’re pregnant and your belly is growing, you may be all-too-familiar with the itchy, stretchy feeling that happens as the skin expands. This is a common concern for women, especially if they're worried about stretch marks.
Although there food and hydration strategies to prevent stretch marks, such as eating plenty of healthy fats and drinking lots of water, it is often useful to apply something deeply nourishing and moisturizing topically to the belly as well.
Unfortunately, many moisturizing products on the market contain toxic chemicals and preservatives, which can be harmful to both you and your baby. Anything that is applied to the skin is absorbed into the body. Your skin is your second mouth. If you wouldn't eat it, don’t put it on your skin.
The best way to ensure what you are using is as natural as possible is to simply make your own body care products!
This recipe for Luscious Baby Belly Lotion to Soothe Itchiness and Prevent Stretch Marks is delicious and nutritious. It is made with things you can purchase at most health food stores. As a bonus, it's cheap to make! This cream is a dream for bellies, thighs and breasts, when applied with a daily self massage.
Luscious Baby Belly Lotion To Soothe Itchiness & Prevent Stretch Marks
- 1 double boiler (or large glass or metal bowl placed on top of a simmering saucepan of water on the stove)
- 1 blender
- 1 spatula
something to store your lotion in (tiny mason jars work well)
- 3 Tbsp. grated beeswax (you can buy it in block form and grate it yourself, but make sure you use an old grater that you don't mind ruining. It is really tough to remove after grating!)
- ¾ cup rose water, lavender water or strongly steeped herbal tea (steep 20 minutes or more)
- ¾ cup of olive oil, avocado oil OR coconut oil
1. Combine the beeswax and oil in a double boiler and melt slowly, on medium heat, until fully combined.
2. Pour all of the rosewater (or herbal tea) into the blender
3. In VERY small portions, add the melted beeswax and oil mixture to the rosewater or tea, while the blender is blending on med speed. (It is VERY important to do this slowly and consistently, a little bit at a time, to prevent lumpiness.)
4. Once all of ingredients are combined, you may add essential oils, if you like. Personally, I like to stick with the scent of the rosewater.
Store your lotion in a cool dark place. It can last up to three months at room temperature and six months in the fridge.
If you want your lotion to help with itchiness, plantain or marigold (calendula) tea are great options. Both are gentle and safe to use during pregnancy. The herbs are nourishing, anti-inflammatory, and encourage healthy tissue growth.
The lotion does feel a bit oily when applied. It works well to use it before bedtime so it can absorb overnight. You will wake up with a soft smooth belly in the morning!
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