Saturday, 9 August 2014

Maternity Update | Eliminating the Existing

This week we went and meet our OG again, but before we jump into that.  Let's talk about eliminating those existing glamorous stretch marks...

Stretch Mark Treatment (and Prevention)

My routine is typically:
Step One > Lierac Phytolastil (the spray I've already emptied dozens of)
Step Two > Lierac Phytolastil Solution (read previous haul)
Step Three > one of the three, (1) or (2) or (3)

If I'm ultra lazy or in a hurry, say in the morning, then I'll just do
One-Step > Lierac Phytolastil Solution

(1) PUPA AEF Active Oxygen Ultra-Elasticizing and Toning Oil

Because I obtained my Pupa (1) at a very appealing discount, I apply it as generously as I possible can.  As an oil it is not overly oily, and it has a pleasant fragrance.  Nothing negative to say about it so far.  One big problem with Pupa is it is Italy/Europe based and not widely available internationally; we're lucky we have it in Sasa and the price is reasonable.

(2) WELEDA Stretch Mark Massage Oil (link - discount code: JBF362)

Weleda (2) on the other hand, is more readily available internationally, but not locally (I know Meka sells a lot of their stuff but not very good-priced).  This oil feels more 'natural' than the Pupa one to me, so I feel 'safer' to apply it liberally, could be just mental.  If Cellulite, instead of stretch mark, is more of your concern, there's a Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil (link - discount code: JBF362) too.

You can find the full list of ingredients of products sold on iHerb, e.g. the Weleda Stretch Mark Oil (link - discount code: JBF362).  But for the sake of comparison I'm listing out the top ingredients of (1) and (2).

(1) Pupa top ingredients:
Sweet Almond Oil, Coco-Caprylate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (argan?), Fragrance, Ozonized Sunflower Seed Oil, ROsa Moschata Seed Oil, Rosmary Leaf Extract, Corn Oil, Carrot Root Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Corn Germ Oil, ...etc, omitted...

(2) Weleda top ingredients:
Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Wheat germ oil, Fragrance, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, ...etc, omitted...

(3) PALMER'S Botanicals Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks (link - discount code: JBF362)

I kind of love and hate this Palmer's Botanicals Tummy Butter (3) because it has un-melted beads in the formula.  Most probably is the "microcrystalline wax" listed in the ingredients, that is not well-blended into the butter.  However, as I am trying to use this up recently, I find the thickness of it really soothes my itchy belly skin.  The waxy bits can be annoying but I kind of get over it after using it regularly.  There is also another version of the Palmer's Tummy Butter (link - discount code: JBF362) without "Botanicals" in the name, which is also cheaper. Emily from BeautyBroadcast video-reviewed that one, and she didn't mention anything about the wax bits in the formula, so if you fancy something similar, perhaps try that one.

Weekly Update

How far along?  33 weeks.

Total weight gain/measurements:  On 32+6, I weigh 67.7 kg (149 pounds) and my belly measures 38 inch (96.5 cm).

Maternity clothes:  Just made an order on Baby Be Mine - paid US $40 for shipping!  On the other hand, purchased two larger pizza size panties locally, as my current ones do not fit comfortably.  Otherwise I'm still wearing most of my current maternity wardrobe.

Stretch marks:  So many around the bottom half of my belly.  Let's not talk about them, shall we?

Sleep:  I can always sleep through the night, which is good.  Sometimes I feel tired in the morning so I need a nap, but usually I'm fine with 8 to 10 hours of sleep.

Best moment this week:  Bought a big lot of baby stuff, including his bed, bedding, high seat which doubles up as a swing, bottles, bottle sterilizer, etc.  It is getting real!

Miss anything?  Non-puffy-bloated legs and feet.

Movement:  Too much we consulted our OG about whether it's normal.  Ms. OG ignored us.  :S

Food cravings:  Peanut butter, the chunky type.  I ate half a jar in two servings.

Anything making you queasy or sick?  Roma's crazy movements.

Gender:  Boy

Labour signs:  Nil

Symptoms:  More cramping in the legs returned.  One morning at 6 am, muscles in my right leg and foot (namely tibialis anterior & abductor hallucis) decided to cramp together.  It was excruciating because there is no way you can stretch both muscles at the same time, and standing or sitting won't help.  Finally the pain subsided but that morning was screwed.

Belly button in or out?  Maybe half-out?

Wedding rings on or off?  Off.  My fingers are so puffy and water-retained that holding it in a fist, or squeezing my fingers together feels uncomfortable.  I am also amazed that I can now officially wear Mr. A's wedding band.

Happy or moody most of the time:  Stressed.  Some work and people at the organisation I work with are bugging me.

Looking forward to:  i) Going to antenatal class with Mr. A for 5 consecutive Saturdays (yes I finally enrolled ourselves).  ii) My stretch marks' disappearance.

Previous Updates 
One || Two || Three || Four || Five 

Beautiful wishes,

Lazy silly Jacq :")

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