Friday, November 10, 2006

Big Belly Girl

My stomach has really started poking out. And just in case I didn't realize it, my co-workers keep telling me how big I've gotten.

There's a hip hop song from somewhere in my teenhood (I think) that had a chorus that went something like, "Big booty girl, get loose." (I'm not the greatest with lyrics, so I could be off here.) Still, I've put belly in for booty and I've been walking around the house singing, "Big belly girl, cut loose." (Bob has no idea which song I'm attempting to rip off, so maybe it's just all in my head.)

Still, the belly is bulging and I'm now spending several minutes each night inspecting it for stretchmarks. I haven't seen one yet and I've been using Palmer's Cocoa Butter lotion for stretch marks. I'm not really sure how it will help, though.

It seems like stretch marks are usually really white, and since I'm paler than a newly whitewashed picket fence, maybe they'll just blend in with my usual ghostly pallor.

What about you? Are you experiencing stretchmarks? What color are they? What are you doing for them?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, stretch marks can't be stopped by Cocoa Butter or any lotions claiming otherwise :( The elasticity of your skin is genetic. So, if you get them blame your mother!

They usually start off as red or purple-ish. But, they fade to white.
Vitamin E lotion seems to help them fade faster.

I've also heard that Retin-A can shink stretch marks. But, you can't use Retin-A while pregnant or breastfeeding.

hopefully you will be one of the lucky ones and not need any of this information! good luck.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stretchmarks usually start out pinkish and over time become a silvery white. Lotion doesn't really prevent them, it's just how the baby is positioned and genetics that will determine if you get them or not

6:10 PM  
Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

Well, the good news is my mom doesn't have any stretch marks that I know of. I tend to take more after my father, but hopefully this time her genes are the predominant ones! Thanks for the great advice.

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, they say that stretch marks can't be stopped, because they're genetic. So if you think that using cocoa butter will work, you're wrong. And, i've been getting stretch marks, and they are a REAL pain and i want them to go away.
I have not pale but not dark skin, and my stretch marks are like purple and red. They are so gross to look at too, i'm hoping DESPERATELY that they will go away after my baby is born though.

12:13 AM  
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10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't let these girls scare you...stretch marks are not genetic.I an the youngest if four girls and we all had babies...I got stretch marks bad because I didn't use palmers cocoa butter...and my other dusters used it religiously and not a single stretch mark...also I am pregnant again and I bought a bottle for myselfand am using it religiously and now my old stretch marks are disappearing and no new ones are re appearing..tyui say that it is genetics is an excuse lazy women use to place yet another blame on their mothers...keep your head up girl

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