Let’s be honest, one of the greatest fears of most women during their pregnancy is having stretch marks. I was 22 years old during my first pregnancy and had very minimal stretch marks. During my second pregnancy with my son Asher at 32 years old, I developed red alien like marks plus a major itch around my belly throughout the pregnancy. And THAT is when I realized that I was at the point of no return and had battle scars for life – an over hang of extra skin/flab and stretch marks. OMG!
For my previous pregnancies, I was mixing and matching different brands and various products (including Mustela). I was “testing” out everything to see what would work for me. Obviously that didn’t really work out since my second pregnancy left me with a really good stretch even if I only gained 25lbs throughout the whole pregnancy.
Luckily for this pregnancy, the owners of Mustela Philippines Tammy and Sharleen sent me a full range of Mustela Maternity (it was still the pink line) at the start of my pregnancy and I switched to the new red line, Mustela Maternité as soon as it hit the shelves. I did bother experimenting with any other brand or products and decided to completely stick to the Mustela Maternité line throughout this pregnancy. I used EVERYTHING -the whole line- and applied it (and still applying it) after my shower in the morning, sometimes even in the afternoon and after my evening bath before I go to bed. And guess what??? I’m 35lbs over in baby weight with still another week to go and I don’t have any new marks, definitely no red alien marks and the appearance of my old stretch marks have significantly lightened. Lesson learned: Stick to one brand, use the full line and apply religiously!!!
You can watch my story here:
Note: The bathroom shot where I’m applying the Mustela Maternité products is MY actual belly. No photoshop or edits!!!
Last Wednesday, I was launched as the Mustela Maternité Mom and I couldn’t control my excitement to share my story.
Earlybirds: Mustela Moms and Mustela Baby Asher!
It’s an honor to be able to represent a brand that I really love, use and truly believe in.
Thank you Tammy Tancinco, Jean Baptiste of Mustela International for flying to Manila, Sharleen Cu Unijeng, Celine Gabriel, Lexi Schulze & Jenny Yrasuegi for choosing & trusting me to be the Mustela Maternité Mama!
To all my fellow momma’s:
Every person if different. Stretch marks is usually controlled by hydrating the skin and keeping the moisture in. It’s all about maintaining the skin’s elasticity! However, stretch marks can’t completely always be avoided especially with rapid weight gain, loss and pregnancy. From my personal experience, it’s hereditary and this is where the genes really kick in. If your mom has them, you have higher chances of having stretch marks too. It’s best to do everything you can to prevent it or at least minimize it’s appearance.
I would love to hear about your pregnancy and battle scar journey. Leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Til my next post..
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