Why do such joyful moments like pregnancy must be ruined by this?
Many women or most I should say dread to see their bodies post pregnancy. It’s hard enough going through all the physical, emotional and hormonal changes: weight gain, fatigue, pimples or acne, mood change, and so much more… then you get all excited when you can feel baby kick and turn and you can’t help but staring at those 4D, color ultrasound pics and the one thing you did not see coming: those small, depressed streaks on your belly, chest, thighs…yep, stretchmarks! they keep getting bigger and bigger and they itch.
First thing, never scratch your belly even if it’s super itchy, you will make things worse plus you don’t want to scratch baby’s head too hard, do you? 🙂
Growing up in Africa, I’ve always used it as a skin moisturizer: SHEA BUTTER. It’s a natural product from a tree growing in the savanna trees of West Africa and whose name means “life” in the Mandingo language. It sure gives life to your body, hair…
Rich in vitamins A, D, E, F, Shea butter has many restorative properties. It soothes, protects, nourishes and softens the skin, which helps keep it young and healthy. It combats wrinkles, dryness. It is used to prevent the appearance of stretch marks and strengthen the elasticity of the skin and is considered as one of the most natural treatments to relieve those pregnancy’ stretch marks. Indeed, many scientific studies have shown that Shea butter can do wonders for the elasticity of the skin.
For my first pregnancy, I would massage my tummy every morning and every night with a fair amount of Shea butter. As a matter of fact, I used to apply Shea butter on my stomach years before I even got pregnant. No lies, I was terrified of seeing the marks on my tummy. Let me warn you, the smell is very strong and not so pleasant but it’s manageable. You can always spray body mist all over if you wish but it’s So worth it.
Did I tell you that Shea butter does wonders? Yes, and I will say it over and over again because it does. After 3 babies, not a single mark on my tummy. You don’t have to stop there. Even after your pregnancy, you can continue using Shea butter to help moisturize your skin and help these melted stretch marks disappear.
Simply take a hazelnut and massage the area to be treated by circular movements. Do it once in the morning and once in the evening. Nothing will make them disappear completely, but the cream of Shea butter will considerably attenuate them, reduce them in size. This will make them virtually invisible and give you greater confidence.
Shea butter is not just for adults, you can also use it for baby’s delicate skin to prevent and heal irritations. Coating the baby’s body with Shea butter also helps to soothe the pain that it might feel in case of eczema or insect bites. It constitutes a barrier between the layer and the skin of baby. It relieves and protects against redness and helps to avoid diaper rashes or to soothe them when they are already present.
Make sure to use the “unrefined” Shea butter as the “refined Shea butter” is treated with chemicals that may leave residues. Unrefined Shea butter has a deeper yellowish color.
Among all the treasures one may find in Africa, Shea butter is certainly one with its countless virtues.