Life is full of uncertainties and pregnancy is no exception. Not only is every woman different, but every pregnancy can be completely different too. As I sit here in my seventh month of pregnancy, I have had many conversations with friends about their symptoms and any tips/tricks they have to offer. I must confess, I have had it pretty easy. Think Skyler, Brooklyn Decker’s character, from What to Expect When You're Expecting – without the whole annoyingly perky part. But that doesn’t mean I am not terrified that the one symptom that will hit me in full force is the dreaded stretch marks. I am determined to do everything in my power to keep my stretch-free skin and why not start with a product supermodel Marisa Miller swears by – Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter. Hey, if it’s good enough for a supermodel, who am I to object?
Designed to increase skin elasticity, Mama Mio Tummy Rub is made with shea butter, wheatgerm oil and the secret weapons: Omega 3, 6 and 9. As recommended, twice a day, I generously rub the silky smooth cream into my ever-expanding belly – seriously, some days I feel like I swallowed a bowling ball! – then work up over the girls and down past the tush to help ensure that this body will once again lay poolside in a bikini. The cream literally melts right into my skin and, unlike many of my other lotions, doesn’t leave an oily feel behind.
As much as I like to pretend my belly is the only part of me that is expanding, I am instantly snapped back to reality when I try to put on a pair of pants only to find they will no longer pass my upper thigh. On these days, I venture past the buttocks to my upper thighs – just in case. In my mind, you can’t be too careful or too moisturized. After all, that previously mentioned bikini won’t look nearly as cute if I refuse to take off my pants!
Not only is the texture and moisture level of the butter heavenly, the smell is right up my alley too. It has a nice, light citrusy smell. But not too "cleaning product" like I know you are probably thinking. If you remember some of my previous posts about perfumes and such, I love a nice, crisp and fresh smell and that is exactly what Tummy Rub delivers.
You can purchase Mama Mio Tummy Rub at mamamio.com, buybuybaby.com and several of our favorite local resort spas for $35 for a 4-ounce jar. While you’re there, check out the Lucky Legs Cooling Serum. At $19.50 for 3.4 ounces, the minty fresh cream gives tired and heavy legs a nice pick-me-up without the clinical smell that you get from IcyHot. It’s the perfect zing to forget that you are lugging around those extra pounds all day and, if you are as crazy as me, all while rocking those 5 inch heels.