Pregnancy Self-Care and Stretch Mark Prevention

While pregnancy is one of the most beautiful and miraculous times in a woman’s life, the old adage that pregnancy makes you “glow” doesn’t always stand true.  Pregnancy can be hard on the body, and it’s extremely important to make time for self-care during what can seem to be a very long 9 months.


Growing a tiny human inside your body can lead to aches and pains as your body stretches and acclimates itself to make room for your developing fetus.  Going to a massage therapist who is trained in maternal massage is a wonderful way to treat yourself and get some much needed relaxation and therapeutic touch.  Alternately, you can find pregnancy massage videos on-line for your partner or a good friend to follow in the comfort of your own home.


Using a high quality oil for these types of massages is also key. As our skin absorbs everything we put on it, it’s extremely important to make sure you are avoiding synthetic ingredients that could potentially cross the placenta and affect your baby.  Certain oils also have the added benefit of aiding in your skin’s elasticity which can help prevent or soften stretchmarks. 


Whether you develop stretchmarks or not is mainly due to genetics, but there are ways to help lessen the severity like using Mahina Beaute’s Rejuvenating Ormus Oil on your body after a shower, during massage, as well as right before bed.  Ormus oil is rich in anti-oxidants, nutrients, and fatty acids which help promote collage production, hydrate, and safeguard the integrity of your skin. Rejuvenating Ormus Oil is made with Mahina Beaute’s highest quality standards and an assurance of purity which also allow for pregnant mamas (and everyone else!) to rest assured that their skin is absorbing the safest of ingredients.


When using other oil mixtures during pregnancy you will want to make sure that they do not contain fennel, clary sage, marjoram, tarragon, caraway, cinnamon, thuja, mugwort, birch, wintergreen, basil, camphor, hyssop, aniseed, sage, tansy, wormwood, parsley, or pennyroyal. While these essential oils are typically very beneficial, they have either not been tested on pregnant women, or may disrupt hormone levels.


Other ways to practice self-care and to prevent stretchmarks include eating foods rich in zinc and Vitamins C and D, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water each day, working with your doctor to ensure that your weight gain remains at a healthy level throughout your pregnancy as well as learning what exercises you may safely do. 


Minding your stress levels is also very important.  While stress may not actually manifest as stretch marks, it can affect your sleep patterns and overall immune health.  Taking a few moments to yourself whenever you can to meditate, practice mindfulness, or just simply put your feet up for 5 minutes will help you feel better in general.  Once baby arrives, your moments of peace and quiet will be few and far between, so soak it all in as much as possible, and throw in some time to let your skin soak in some healthy nutrients.  You may not always feel that pregnancy “glow”, but at least you can find some of Mother Nature’s glow in a bottle of Rejuvenating Ormus Oil.  You deserve it!


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