I’m officially 26 weeks deep into my pregnancy and it’s safe to say I’ve read my fair share of books. I’ve read everything from the Encyclopedia of Pregnancy to the famous ‘How To Grow A Baby And Push It Out‘ by Clemmie Hooper (review coming soon). These books have a lot in common. Namely how important it is to make time for yourself. Many advise baths and creams. Oh and an indulgent product for your stomach which can go some way towards preventing stretch marks.
Before I knew I was pregnant I understood the benefits of a good oil or cream. My sister has two babies and not one stretch mark. I know a lot is down to genetics but I’m sure that her bathing in oils and creams also went some way in helping.
My sister in law Lucy (also pregnant, due two weeks after me) went shopping with my husband recently. She had a sweet word in his ear about the Mama Mio range. I was thrilled when he came home armed with a pregnancy pillow and a gigantic pot of Mama Mio Tummy Butter! (Lucy I owe you). It’s safe to say my body drank the butter. So I couldn’t wait to get my hands on more of the range. What’s great is that Mama Mio is free from parabens, petrolatum, colourants and other nasties.
The Tummy Butter
So why is it so great?
Aside from smelling ah-may-zing, check the label and you’ll find some really great organic ingredients. From Argan oil to avocado, coconut and almond oil to luxurious shea butter. They aim to help provide that protective barrier and lock in moisture to help build elasticity. There are even ingredients proven to be packed full of antioxidants and amino acids like Sacha Inchi oil which is found in the Amazon rainforest. There’s a nice big chunky percentage of Vitamin E too helping to protect against stretch marks by repairing collagen damage.
It’s intended to be used twice daily on the belly, boobs, hips and thighs. You’re safe buying the bigger, bulkier sizes of this because you will go through it quite quickly.
What Else Is There?
There’s actually quite a lot to choose from in the range. From the ‘Goodbye Stretch Marks Stretch Mark Minimiser‘ to the ‘Keep Calm Nipple Balm‘, they really have considered everything. I’ve discovered that a lot of product – even those designed for pregnancy – you can’t use on your chest if you plan on breast feeding so it’s refreshing to see these products suited to breast feeding. Particular favourites of mine are the ‘Lucky Legs Cooling Gel‘ (£19.50) which helps to soothe tired legs (great if you suffer with swelling) and the ‘Megamama Super-rich Body Lotion‘ which I smother all over me.
How To Indulge
It goes without saying that a lovely bath with the lights down low and a burning candle can work wonders for an anxious mum to be like me or a stressed out parent of two or more (and that’s including your husband). Long gone are the days of soaking in a bath with a large glass of red after a particularly busy day, hello are the days of whispering to my belly and stroking at almost every moment of the day.
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