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If you’re expecting a baby you are likely to be thinking about what you can do to support your skin as it stretches and also help to ward off stretch marks.

As a first line of defence most women invest in a stretch mark skincare product. In a round-up of eight stretch mark creams and oils I’m really pleased that two Nom Nom products received lovely reviews from Sasha of Balanced Beauty Bristol.

She loved gold award winning Stretch Butter Camellia and Vanilla so much she gave it 10/10! In particular she raved about the scent. I was inspired to choose this signature aroma by my pregnancy massage and nutrition clients and you can read more in my article Be Vanilla.

stretch marks

Many factors play a part in your tendency to get stretch marks, including genes, but it is possible to have an influence. Applying a cream and hoping for the best may not be enough for everyone. To keep your skin pliable and improve its ability to expand without damage it is best to go for a two pronged approach: feeding your skin from both without and within. On the website, along with details of super nourishing Stretch Butter I give massage and nutrition tips to help you boost elasticity. As you are more likely to get stretch marks if you gain more weight than average or gain too quickly, avoid the “eating for two” adage and follow these guidelines for healthy weight gain in pregnancy.

There are no guarantees of course and if despite your best efforts you still gain the marks to show what your body has been through, how do you feel about them? Having recently given birth to her second child, Sasha has also written a very honest blog post revealing her thoughts about her own stretch marks.

Jayne Russell has over twenty years of experience as a pre’ and postnatal massage and nutritional therapist and is the founder of Nom Nom – award winning, certified organic pregnancy and baby skincare. Sign up for your free skincare guide “10 Steps to Super Healthy Baby Skin” at