Massage your baby and soothe tight skin, rash, stretch marks all at the same time!
If there ever is a time when women focus on the care of the bodies, inside and out, it is when they are expecting a baby. Pregnancy should be a happy time when we see our bodies as beautiful.
It is very normal to worry about every little thing we do and how it can affect the health of the baby. It is also very normal to worry about losing our figures as we watch in awe as the abdomen seems to stretch to amazing proportions.
The absorption of chemicals introduced into our bodies via food, water or topical skin products should always be a concern, but pregnant women need to be especially careful.
Being our responsibility to give our babies the best start possible, it is wise to be aware of what products you are putting in and on your body. Anything put on the skin is absorbed into your system.
Stretch marks are caused by changes in the elastic supportive tissue that lies just beneath the skin. To some extent it is very difficult to avoid stretch marks altogether, but the best thing you can do is moisturize with an oil based oil or balm. Oils are preferable over a water based cream because they penetrate much deeper into the skin.
Start using an oil based balm on any area that is changing, such as the abdomen, the thighs, the buttocks and the breasts. It is important to start using a balm before stretch marks appear. Use it twice a day all the way through the pregnancy as well as after your baby's birth, since weight loss can leave stretch marks as well. Usually stretch marks do fade over time but we certainly can do all we can to prevent them.
The chosen oils for our Pregnancy Belly Balm are Calendula-infused olive oil, wheat germ oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and shea butter.
As the skin stretches and gets tight it is common to get itchy and possibly develop a rash. Calendula, or Pot Marigold, is a wonderful healing herb for inflammatory skin conditions. Olive oil is a nourishing oil full of anti-oxidants and absorbs quickly into the skin. Commonly used as an oil base for herbal infusions.
Also high in anti-oxidants and one of the richest sources of vitamins E, A, and D, Wheat Germ oil is great for skin irritation and dryness.
Jojoba oil is known as the perfect moisturizer because it is very similar to human sebum which is our own natural skin oil.
Coconut oil is used to help emulsify and thicken but its very soothing and cooling properties are a definite plus for a balm. If by chance you cannot tolerate coconut oil, we can substitute cocoa butter in its place.
Shea Butter has been called the ultimate moisturizer. Sometimes called African Cocoa Butter, this creamy butter is loaded with fatty acids that help the skin retain moisture and elasticity.
Before using any product do a patch test and if there is no rash or reaction within 24 hours you can rest assured you aren't sensitive to any of the ingredients.
It has been said babies in utero enjoy these belly massages :)
Pregnancy Belly Balm comes in a 2 oz. or 4 oz. size plastic jar.
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