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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

Natural vs. Organic

With so many natural and organic products out on the market, what do you trust?  What is the best way to decipher all this information that is being poured onto the consumer market?   Let me help you to determine where to best spend your hard earned money, in this economy.

There is a difference in organic and natural, but is it worth the extra expense to buy organic?  Sometimes it is justified, especially in food.  With food, there is only black or white; organic or conventional.  But in skin care, the lines are not so clearly drawn.   Organic and natural products are more likely not to have the chemicals and fillers.   But, organic doesn’t always mean that the product is going to be effective.  Organic just means that the products has been formulated with ingredients that have been grown without pesticides and chemicals.  The downside is that you are always going to pay a lot more for that “organic” label.

100% Natural

100% Natural

When a product is natural, this means the ingredients come from botanical and natural sources; Not chemically derived.  The natural ingredients are chemical-free as well, but they have not been given that “organic” certification.  When it comes to skin care, this is the most important factor.  Our bodies absorb up to 60% of what is applied to the skin, you want to make sure you are not putting synthetic chemicals on your skin.  Many of the FDA approved ingredients for skin care products are known carcinogens, irritants of the skin and remain stored in bodily tissues and organs.  In children, this is an even more serious issue because they are getting a higher proportion of chemical exposure due to their body size.   Many of the effects will be delayed and once the symptoms are seen there is no way to connect them to the actual cause.  For example, chemical sensitivity, liver toxicity, even cancer.

In this day and age, where there is so much chemical saturation in our environment, we can’t control everything.  But, we do have to choose very strategically to eliminate the sources wherever possible.  Starting with the food we consume, the skin care we use, and cleaning products for our homes.  These should be a starting point, as they are directly ingested through the body and skin.

When choosing products for your family, always go with a source you can trust.  Don’t just look for “organic” or “natural”, read the ingredients and know what they mean.  Many say “organically grown”, this means that it is not certified organic, it could be genetically modified or it could just mean that the farm that grew it has not been certified organic.  You would have to know a little about the product.   You will find organically grown seedless grapes, but never certified organic.  That is because they are genetically modified, and genetically modified is never organic.

When looking for skin care products, don’t just look for “natural ingredients”; look for 100% natural because that is how you know it’s safe and not filled with chemicals and a little plant oil.  Many manufacturers will use the selling point of “natural”  on their label to fool those that don’t know.   You will always get what you pay for, if it’s priced to compete with the chemical brands of skin care, you will be compromising quality because natural skin care and chemical skin care are not on the same level.  Quality ingredients are always going to cost more, that’s just a fact.

Stop by our website to get more information on our products and ingredients.  We ensure quality and effectiveness in our ingredients, and 100% natural.  Our goal is to provide quality natural products and also make them as affordable as possible.

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