I remember when I was pregnant with my daughter, I was looking forward to all the incredible moments I would share with her and all the experiences I'd be a part of. There really isn't anything that measures up to that feeling. Looking back now, I can hardly remember the anxiety that I used to go through when I would also think about how pregnancy would change my body. The most visible way for me, being a petite 5 foot-inch woman who barely weighs 100lbs pre-pregnancy, was the "strength marks" (that's right ladies, they represent the strength of our bodies and how far it can stretch) that I would get.
I remember seeing the first signs of my strength marks and calling up my friend with her then raucous 2-year old waging war over bath time in the background. I told her about it, and without batting an eye, she told me, with visible glee as if she'd been waiting for me to ask her about it for months, "Palmer's! Get Palmer's!"
At first, I was hesitant. I figured our bodies are supposed to stretch as the pregnancy progresses anyway. But after looking it up and seeing that there are effective ways to prevent the strength marks from getting worse, and even softening the ones that are already there, I went to the nearest store. I got myself a bottle of Palmer's Massage Cream for Stretch Marks and a tub of their Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks. I'm glad I did. Palmer's Cocoa Butter formula provides all-day hydration and softens, smoothes, and plumps skin while forming a protective moisture barrier for expanding bellies.