Top 3 pregnancy Belly Oils
The pregnant belly is a beautiful thing, but we’d be lying if we weren’t secretly worrying about what is going to happen to our belly’s skin after we give birth. Will it go back to what it was? Will it be floppy? Have stretch marks? The truth is, you never know! Every woman’s muscle tone and skin responds differently to the stress pregnancy puts on our bellies. One thing that gave us peace of mind as our belly grew (and grew!) was using a belly oil. Plus, as you apply your desired oil, of which there are many options (some more clinical, others more luxe), it can be a way to bond with that bump and the baby inside it. We may not be able to be certain that any product will prevent stretch marks, as more and more studies are showing that it is genetic, but it can’t hurt, right? If you’re overwhelmed with the number of oils on the market, their ingredients and all of their promises, choose one of our Top 3 Belly Oils and start caressing that baby!
What criteria did we use to select our top three pregnancy-safe picks? Learn about our process here.
Why we love it:
You can’t search for belly oil without discovering the Mama Mio line of pregnancy skincare products aimed at protecting and nourishing a mom-to-be’s ever-changing skin! Although the brand is best known for its cult pregnancy product, The Tummy Rub Butter, we like the light-scented Tummy Rub Oil because it blends so easily into our skin (a little goes a long way) to instantly hydrate and relieve that uncomfortable itchy feeling we sometimes experience with a growing bump.
Why we love it:
Hatch is a chic and elevated maternity clothing line with a flagship store in NYC. The high-end boutique also launched a line of plant-derived, pregnancy-safe beauty products, and the Hatch Mama Belly Oil is one of their best sellers. The fragrance-free blend of botanical oils, featuring calendula and sweet almond oil, absorbs quickly to hydrate skin, relieve itching, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. It comes in a large 7oz pretty pink glass bottle that lasts a while, despite the steep price tag.
Why we love it:
basq NYC sells a number of pregnancy skin care products and boasts celeb clients like Jamie Lynn Sigler, Whitney Port, and Molly Sims. This mineral-free, 100% pure botanical oil blend contains omegas, antioxidants, and skin toners to prevent and repair stretch marks, and comes in eucalyptus, lavender, and citrus scents. We love the light, bright citrus scent! We’ll let Heidi Klum have the final word: “This sweet smelling oil will keep your skin moisturized and toned thanks to its careful mixture of oils. I love adding a capful to a warm bath and stepping out later feeling silky and taut.”
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any pregnancy-related beauty questions or to suggest your favorite pregnancy-safe products for our Top 3 lists!
Remember, every pregnancy is different, and we are not medical professionals, so if you’re concerned about any product we mention, please talk to your doctor to make sure you’re 100% comfortable with what you’re using on your body. We did our best to sort out what we feel are the best pregnancy-friendly options out there by conducting extensive research, including: talking with our own doctors, scouring the internet, sifting through product reviews, and chatting with other moms-to-be. We hope our research helps you find products that make you feel great!