Omegas, also known as essential fatty acids, are more important than ever during pregnancy, not only for the baby growing inside you, but for your skin as well. You see, that little baby is tapping into your body’s stockpile of Omegas to perform crucial tasks like making a healthy brain and eyes. It is all wonderful and exactly as Nature intended, but as your body happily gives these Omegas away, your skin may pay the price with a loss of strength and elasticity, at the time it needs it most.
A high-quality Omega-3 supplement is a must, since these essential fatty acids are crucial for baby’s brain development and helping your skin endure the 9-month stretch.
Our pregnancy skincare products are jam-packed with organic Omega-rich oils so your skin can stretch easily and comfortably—and bounce back after baby arrives. We’re talking about 30 inches of stretch over nine months, which is no easy feat.
OB’s and midwives are always telling us that one of the best ways to protect the skin from developing stretch marks is a slow and steady weight gain to help skin stretch slowly, without tearing. Don’t get us wrong – we are a food loving, hearty eating bunch, but we know one of the best ways to support our bodies in every way is to eat clean, Omega and antioxidant rich foods. Stay within the recommended weight gain guidelines and you’ll up your odds against getting stretch marks during your pregnancy.
Make the time for whatever workout you can safely and comfortably handle a few times a week. When you break a sweat, you are increasing your overall circulation, as well as the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your skin to help skin stay fit, working at its healthy best.
Exercise is great for your overall health, keeping your weight gain slow and steady and there’s no better time to bond with your baby-to-be.
Protect your tummy (and boobs, hips and thighs) against stretch marks with our super-elasticising Omega-packed blend of organic oils (and organic Shea Butter in our Butter). Research has clinically proven that Omegas help skin elasticity and improve the very integrity of skin cells – helping your skin stretch and recover.
Belly bonus – The Tummy Rubs also help relieve itchy tummies.
Rub on twice daily, from above your boobs to below your butt – front, back and sides. Keep rubbing for at least four months after baby arrives to help maintain your skin tone as you shrink back down to size.
Just like any other time in your life, too much sun exposure is bad for your skin. Free radicals from UV rays damage your skin, causing it to become weaker and less able to protect itself against life’s challenges. Since pregnancy is the biggest challenge your skin will ever face, be sure to wear clothing that will give you adequate SPF protection (we LOVE flowy kaftans from Melissa Odabash that double as chic pregnancy cover-ups), stay in the shade on sunny holidays, or wear SPF of at least 30 on your chest, bump, back and thighs if you’re swimming or lounging by the pool. We like sun protection with physical, not chemical, sunscreens for the safest care.
Yes, it’s ok to splurge from time to time, but it’s essential to load up your plate with healthy choices that benefit your body and your skin. Read on for our top picks to help in the fight against stretch marks.
One of the best sources of skin-strengthening essential fatty acids (or in our world, Omegas) is salmon, and this particular fish is low in mercury and high in the omegas that keep your skin elastic, enhance your milk and help baby’s brain develop.
Dark green vegetables
Rich colors in nature are produced by antioxidants, so eating dark green leafy salads (think spinach and kale) help keep your skin as strong and elastic as possible. Antioxidants help protect vital collagen and elastin, the support structure that gives skin it’s spring and bounce, to help skin stretch and recover.
Eat your water
Is it a coincidence that fat, sugar and other bad-for-your-skin foods don’t contain any water? Water-rich fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe are bursting with collagen-protecting antioxidants and valuable hydration, and they’re the best way to satisfy your sweet tooth.