It’s A Stretch

December 29, 2008 12:00 AM

Q: I apply a generous amount of baby oil gel on my tummy and breasts one to two times a day to prevent stretch marks. Will the absorption of the product do any harm to me or to my baby? Will baby oil gel even prevent stretch marks?

A: Baby oil is safe to use externally as a moisturizer, and rubbing cream or oil on your belly daily can be excellent for the itchy, stretched skin in that area. However, stretch marks are hereditary and no product applied during pregnancy will prevent their appearance. Maintaining gradual weight gain can help minimize marks, as can promoting your skin’s elasticity by eating right and drinking plenty of water.

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