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Bio Oil during pregnancy?

(33 Posts)
MortifiedAdams Sun 30-Jun-13 23:32:47

I didnt use any lotions and potions to conquer stretchmarks when having dd as I was convinced "its a myth if Im gonna get them Im gonna get them". And I got them.

So, now pg with number two I am mad keen not to fet any more or see these ones get any worse. Will lashings of Bio Oil help or is it a no go when pg?

plummyjam Tue 02-Jul-13 21:14:54

I think it can be genetic but anecdotally older mums tend to get fewer stretch marks (by older I'm thinking over 30).

plummyjam Tue 02-Jul-13 21:12:41

Didn't use it and went 41 weeks with a 9lb baby and only got only a couple if tiny stretch marks - belly button popped out at 18 weeks though!

Milk came in and got loads under my boobs though. The pleasure from itching them was second to none!

soupmaker Tue 02-Jul-13 18:28:33

I used mamma mio oil first time round. No stretch marks. Am 36 weeks with DC2 and have been using bio oil when I remember. I've got a few stretch marks at the bottom of my bump. I suspect this has nothing to do with not bothering with oil this time round as DD was on a wee one whereas this one is bloody massive.

My bikini wearing days are over so I'm not bothered really.

twinklyfingers Tue 02-Jul-13 17:09:26

I used bio oil twice a day all the way through my first pregnancy and didn't get any stretch marks. And I was massive too! I have also wondered if its because I took cod liver oil capsules, who knows. My guess is it's genetic.

I'm not taking any chances though and I've started again for this pregnancy!

Jorior Tue 02-Jul-13 12:59:04

I'm now 23 weeks in pregnancy number 3 and I haven't had a single stretch march. Good going considering I balloon like Veruca Salt when pregnant! Fingers crossed I get through this one too! I use Clarins Tonic Oil every 2-3 days and even though it's expensive (approx £100 per pregancy), it's money well spent when you consider it's likely to keep you stretch mark free.

JoJoManon Tue 02-Jul-13 11:28:54

Could I not just use Johnsons baby Oil? Would that give the same result?
I'm currently using a oil based product by This Works which was £38, ideally I'd like something cheaper. Any advice would be gratefully received as I'm 18 weeks, with no stretchmarks yet but based on comments above, I'm resisting the temptation to be smug given it seems to happen at any time!

jemstipp Tue 02-Jul-13 11:08:53

I used Palmers Cocoa Butter for Pregnancy morning and evening and drank at least 2 litres of water a day with both my girls. The second lady was 10lbs14oz and I am only 5'3" and I never got them thankfully but if I had it wouldn't have been the end of the world.

I used it at first with my first pregnancy, but it brought me out in a rash. I switched to Derma Mum cream, which was great.

Queazy Tue 02-Jul-13 10:46:55

Mamma mio body butter is another good stretchmark product. You can use the promotional code 'fitskinuk' for £10 off your first order, so it will only be £13 for a tube. It's not 200ml admittedly, and I wouldn't pay £23 for it, but I love the smell!! It was recommended by a friend. I've had bio oil too, and still use it once a day. It makes me happy, even if I will still look like I've been mauled by a tiger at 38/40 weeks smile x

BraveLilBear Tue 02-Jul-13 10:37:41

Have used Bio Oil, some Soap and Glory body butter (nice smell and consistency) but mainly have been using Asda Little Angels stretchmark cream and oil - the oil feels just like bio oil, and the cream is lovely too. Got them for about a quid each (in a sale, but usually about 1.50 or something ridiculously cheap)!

I have been using stuff sporadically when I feel tight or dry or when I remember and have no stretchmarks thus far - just tons and tons of cellulite all over my once rather attractive legs - even my calves!

I tried to get an answer out of my mum if she got them and got a very coy 'I was quite lucky with stretchmarks and they fade in time anyway' reply so have no idea if that meant she had them or not!

Now 37 weeks and nothing stretchmarky to report so far bangs hands frantically on wooden desk

juicyjuice Mon 01-Jul-13 19:37:39

Dh is a chemist and had a look at some oil labels for me- the wilko one has no nasties in it and smells really nice! It's cheap too

ishchel Mon 01-Jul-13 19:37:09

I think you will either get them or won't down to genes for the most part. I have none after 2 pg and did nothing to get them. Bio Oil and the other marketeers are making a killing out of this idea.

Bigbouncingbaby Mon 01-Jul-13 19:03:14

I used bio oil for a bit in my first pregancy but it made my skin flaky and I didn't like smell . Someone recommended burts bees massage oil and I never looked back same price but far nicer in my opinion . More natural on 2nd pregancy now still no marks smile get on amazon or e bay or buy in John lewis

PastaBeeandCheese Mon 01-Jul-13 18:55:31

I used it all the way through and got stretch marks at 37 weeks I'm afraid. That said they aren't too bad. They are covered by my knicker line so very low down and none any further up.

As my stomach shrank back they were itchy and the Bio Oil calmed the itching down.

I don't know if that is down to Bio Oil but am pregnant with #2 and plan to use it again.

Badvoc Mon 01-Jul-13 12:42:51

I used it with ds2 and I was HUGE and got no stretch marks.
It's great stuff.

Beamae Mon 01-Jul-13 12:41:14

I used bio oil all through my last pregnancy. How smugly I laughed to myself when I got to the end with no stretch marks. How silly are people who don't use it, I thought to myself.

Then they all appeared after the birth when my stomach was shrinking.

Mrsc020987 Mon 01-Jul-13 12:41:01

I used asdas little angels stretch mark oil, it's like 2 pound...I poured it in baths - just be careful, and used it every day. Never got any, to me bio oil was too expensive for the amounts I was using!

Kelly1814 Mon 01-Jul-13 12:37:53

i am all over slathering on the bio oil. 26 weeks, no marks yet.

it may well do nothing but i feel like i have to at least try, dreading getting any!

MortifiedAdams Mon 01-Jul-13 10:54:44

Just checked Amazon; still half price. However Boots are also doing it BOGOF for online orders, so 2x tubes for £20.

rallytog1 Mon 01-Jul-13 10:29:34

I spent most of my pregnancy feeling v smug I didn't have any stretch marks. Then BAM! The day I went over 40 weeks they suddenly appeared. I gave birth at 40 + 12 and they weren't too bad at that point. However they became even worse in the fortnight that followed - I have no idea why!

I'm now using it religiously to help them fade (I'm 10 weeks pp) - it does seem to be helping and is making them feel a bit less itchy. Will definitely use it during pregnancy next time.

Teaandflapjacks Mon 01-Jul-13 10:10:18

I use it religiously - but I have been told by lots of people that if you are going to get bad marks you will get them whatever you do - because this is the skin stretching much lower into the skin layers that the cream reaches IYSWIM. And even though I know this, I am still slapping it on!

Katydive Mon 01-Jul-13 09:55:45

I used Bio oil thought my first pregnancy and hardly any stretchmarks, one or two faint lines. I love the smell and find it relaxing to use before bed.

However forgot with my second and haven't bothered at all with my third, no stretchmarks!

I dont think it does prevent them if you are going to be prone, but im all for it as a relaxing oil

Sanch1 Mon 01-Jul-13 09:01:01

I've used it all the way through, I've been getting from Amazon for £10, which is half price on that particular size, think its 200ml. I think its more genetic that I havent got any yet, but it cant do any harm!

Featherbag Mon 01-Jul-13 08:54:40

I'm genetically prone to stretch marks and have loads from weight gain/loss over the years, but I used bio oil in my first pregnancy and despite being the size of a small planet I didn't get a single stretch mark! I started again at 12 weeks this time but this thread has just reminded me I've not put it on in a few days, thanks for the reminder!

scaevola Mon 01-Jul-13 08:49:03

BioOil is mainly mineral oil (same as baby oil) with tiny amounts of other stuff. Stretch marks are mainly genetically determined, and topical creams/oils don't really make a difference. But there's no harm, especially if you like the smell.

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