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Tips for Stretch Mark Prevention

There is nothing more exciting than getting the results back from a pregnancy test and knowing you are a pregnant. For a first time expectant mother, the news can be both exciting and scary. If you’ve had children before you will know that your body will go through a lot of different changes. As a new mom, you probably have read about changes you will experience and how to keep yourself healthy. One change that almost every mother will go through during their pregnancy is getting stretch marks.

Stretch marks occur in 50 to 90 percent of all pregnancies. They start to show on your stomach around the six month of your pregnancy. The skin stretches as your baby grows. Fare skinned women are more susceptible to stretch marks, and they are also hereditary. If your mom or sister got them, you probably will too. However, there are some things you can do to prevent stretch marks and keep your skin looking good and healthy. Here are some tips you should follow for stretch mark prevention.

It is important to make sure your skin stay pretty elastic so that it can stretch as your baby grows. One way to maintain elasticity is to drink a lot of water. Not only will this keep your skin in great condition, but it is important to stay hydrated for the health of you and your baby.

In addition to drinking lots of water, you should also eat healthy foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Natural foods that contain a lot of vitamins are fruits, vegetables, and leafy green vegetables. Eating these types of foods will provide proper nutrition, keep weight gain down, and will keep your skin healthy as well. One way of preventing stretch marks is to avoid rapid weight gain. You will gain weight during your pregnancy, but keep the pounds in healthy range which is 25 to 35 pounds.

Keeping your skin moisturized is imperative in preventing stretch marks. Your skin can become dry and itchy, but try your best not to scratch as this can cause stretch marks. Most pregnant women prefer to use lotions with cocoa butter in them, but there are other types of oils and lotions you can use. Lotions or oils used with emu oil are great to use. Oils, such as belly oils or eczema oil, that contain ingredients such as kukui nut oil, premium emu oil, jojoba oil, and coconut oil will prevent stretch marks, minimize existing stretch marks, ease dry, itchy skin, hasten the healing of hemorrhoids and minimizes scarring.

These stretch mark prevention tips are easy to follow and manage. Using these tips can minimize the amount of stretch marks you may get or prevent them all together from appearing. Enjoy your pregnancy, stay healthy, and stay happy.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit

Organic Gifts for a New Mom

A goal in life for many women is to have children, and once they do all their dreams come true. It is a joyous occasion for all friends and family members in the new baby’s life. Moms are filled with unconditional and endless love for the little life they welcomed into the world. It is a time for thanks that such a beautiful life was born to loving parents. It is also a time for relaxation and bonding with your newborn baby and your significant other. Giving some relaxing organic gifts such as lotions and candles for a new mom to use is a great way for her to relax and enjoy her time at home. Here are some organic gift ideas to give a new mom.

Making a basket full of foot spa necessities is perfect. Their feet may still be swollen from carrying their baby for 9 months. Soaking their feet in warm water with organic oils with lavender or peppermint scents would be a great relaxation method. Including a pumice scrub stone would be smart because she, or someone else, could scrub the dead skin off which will make her feet soft. It can feel very ticklish or relaxing and sometimes both. In addition to using a pumice stone, using a foot scrub will also make her feet soft. Organic foot scrubs heal dry skin and replenish moisture because they are made with organic shea butter and dead sea salt. Foot lotions have a great peppermint or eucalyptus smell usually and are made organically. They smell nice and are very relaxing.

You could also give a gift that was for the mom and the new baby. If you assemble a gift basket or package, be sure to use all organic products because babies’ skin is so sensitive that products with chemicals in them could be irritating. Lotions for adults can contain synthetic materials which can make she skin more dry which can lead to eczema or an increase in eczema flare ups. What should you include in your gift for a baby and a new mom? I would include some type of eczema oil. Eczema is common with babies and the oil can be used on any type of dry skin or as a preventative measure. Baby wipes can cause diaper rash, and a great alternative would be to use an organic baby wipe companion. You could include an assortment of baby and mom lotions and oils.

If the new mom doesn’t like foot scrubs or lotions, you could give regular lotions or skin care products. Plumeria or cucumber body butters are soft and smell good. After taking a relaxing bath, which every ne mom has been dying to do for 9 months, they can moisturize with the organic body butter. Instead of giving foot scrub, you can give her body scrubs instead which don’t smell like peppermint. The body scrubs will remove any dry or dead skin and leave the skin feeling fresh and moisturized. Any type of natural skin care product will moisturize and make her skin look beautiful and glowing. If the product isn’t organic, her skin may be left feeling more dry or irritated.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit

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