Obese to Fit, NOW Starting this….

 

I was 238lbs
I did have back surgery
I do have loose skin
I do have stretch marks
And I am BLESSED and BEAUTIFUL!
I made a shift in my life after my back surgery and being obese to get healthy. I had to make a mental switch…… oh it was a process, but I knew in order to take care of my children I needed to get my life on track!
I was negative, I talked badly about my life, I cried, complained, played victim but did NOTHING about, until I told myself my kids needed me, they need the mother they can look up to, be inspired by, one that can put run them, and is fun, loving and happy!
I’m forever grateful that the Lord used what got thrown to me for the good and He still is!
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Shopping Guide: Natural Stretch Mark Treatments

 

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Pregnant bellies are beautiful, glowing signs of new life. They are also itchy, tight and susceptible to stretch marks and saggy skin post-childbirth. Stretch marks and saggy skin are mostly genetic, and you can’t completely prevent them. However, you can take some steps to minimize their severity. According to the American Pregnancy Organization, drinking lots of water, making certain changes to your diet and exercise are the best ways to minimize stretch marks. The idea is keep your skin supple and elastic while your belly grows.

The use of pregnant belly balms, oils and creams can help keep your skin supple and hydrated. While they won’t stop stretch marks completely, these products can help with the itchiness and tightness. Below is a list of belly balms and creams that are made with natural and organic ingredients. And they are formulated specifically for pregnant women (see my post on what to avoid during pregnancy for more information). Also, check out my article with more information on dealing with other pregnancy ailments.

Safe and Natural Stretch Mark Treatments:

The Honest Company Organic Belly Balm (EWG Skin Deep rating 1)

Uses no harsh chemicals; USDA organic; No animal testing



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Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Stretch Oil (EWG Skin Deep rating 1)

100% honest labeling, toxin-free, made without synthetic fragrance, phthalates or parabens and no petroleum products, mineral oil, Vitamin E or dyes

Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter (EWG Skin Deep rating 2)

99% natural belly butter; Fragrance-free; No phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, or SLS

BabyBearShop Organic Mama Belly Oil

99% Organic; 100% Natural; No artificial anything; Made in USA

Erbaviva Stretch Mark Cream

Completely free from artificial fragrances, dyes, chemical additives and never tested on animals. Made with an organic essential oil blend, including carrot seed and sandalwood.

Erbaviva Stretch Mark Oil

USDA Certified Organic. Completely free from artificial fragrances, dyes, chemical additives and never tested on animals.

Mambino Organics Oh Baby! Belly Butter

100% natural, botanical and vegan.

Mama Belly Butter by Best Nest Wellness

100% natural; free of preservatives and artificial fragrances.



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Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil

Erbaorganics Mommy-To-Be Stretch Mark Cream (EWG Skin Deep rating 2)

Erbaorganics Mommy-To-Be Stretch Mark Oil (EWG Skin Deep rating 1)

Certified USDA organic by Stellar Certification Services.

Motherlove Pregnant Belly Oil (EWG Skin Deep rating 1)

All natural; With certified organic herbs; Certified cruelty free

Motherlove Pregnant Belly Salve (EWG Skin Deep rating 1)

All natural; With certified organic herbs; Certified cruelty free

LuSa Organics Belly Balm

Ingredients: *Olive oil, shea butter (fair trade), *jojoba oil, tocopherol (vitamin e), and lavender essential oil. *certified organic ingredient

Bobbie’s Belly & Body Balm from Onesta

Organic and 100% natural; no artificial preservatives or fragrances.



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Postpartum weight loss, the good, the bad and the ugly…. – The Elle Scoop!

 

Postpartum weight loss, the good, the bad and the ugly….

Having a baby can be the most exciting, challenging and scariest thing a woman experiences. The changes your body goes through in order to create a tiny human is remarkable, but why is it difficult to accept those changes:  the weight gain, skin color change and the skin stretching.

THE BAD
A woman’s body can do amazing things during and after pregnancy, but for some reason it is so hard to accept the changes our bodies make (or it’s hard for me to accept). During my pregnancy I started to gain weight rapidly and began having pain that was unimaginable in places that you can imagine. So exercise other than light walking was out of the picture. I was so ashamed of my body. I didn’t want to take pictures or be seen out. I refused to take maternity pictures because I hated the way I looked. Unfortunately, I have some regret now that I didn’t get maternity pictures to document the journey. People would comment on how beautiful I looked or that I had a glow. Unfortunately, I didn’t see it and never saw it.
Fast forward to a 70lb weight gain and giving birth to a 10.5lbs baby via c-section. For some reason, I thought or envisioned my body going back to pre pregnancy soon after birth. Well….it didn’t!

THE UGLY
After I left the hospital reality set in that my body was not the same. It began to effect me mentally and emotionally. Not only had my round baby belly turned to a sagging belly, but I had stretched marks EVERYWHERE. Not to mention I was excruciating pain and still had to take care of a small human. The worst part was trying to find clothes that looked decent. My regular clothes still did not fit and my maternity clothes now looked silly (for lack of better words) due to my sagging belly. Needless to say I spent many days and nights crying, feeling ugly wondering if I would ever love myself again.

THE GOOD
In the midst of all my emotional woes…I realized I had just created a little miracle and the love I felt for him was more intense than anything I’ve ever felt. I realized that he loves me unconditionally. That he would love me with or without my flaws. I realized I wanted to be a better person physically, mentally and emotionally for him.
There are three things that I felt were most important to remember when getting back to a healthy weight:

1) HEALING
Allow your body time to heal after a baby. Regardless if the birth was vaginal or C-section. I was so hell bent on losing weight I started walking 3 weeks after giving birth. It was a major set back! The pain came riveting back and there were days I couldn’t even pick up or carry my baby. Time to heal is important. You don’t gain the weight in a few days so don’t expect the weight to come off in a few days. Slowly get back into your workout and listen to your body.

2) NUTRITION
I can definitely say I was one of those pregnant women that gave in to all my cravings! So after pregnancy I had to be sure to cut back on fats or Carbs, but still eat enough to produce breast milk. I started to pay more attention to what I ate, when and making sure not eat late at night.

3) SELF-LOVE
There are days I look in the mirror and I am brought to tears at the sight of my body, but then I remember my body has created a human. My body has accomplished something so great and not everyone gets to experience that. Then there are days I love myself so much for creating the best gift I have ever had.

MORAL OF THE STORY… love yourself regardless of how you look and you will start to feel better.
In the past 9 weeks I have managed to lose 55 of those 70 pounds with nutrition and light exercise. This experience has been one for the books and something I would never want to change.

-Aisha

The Skinny-Thick Chronicles

Wrinkles while you sleep – Coolsculpting Los Angeles clinic

 

A recent study showed, that the condition in which you sleep may contribute to the wrinkles on your face. When you lay your face on a pillow, you may be placing it in a position that affects your skin, therefore it causes the skin to stretch, shear, and compression forces on your skin. Lateral sleeping (on your side) and the prone (face down in the pillow) are the positions that are considered to cause wrinkles while you sleep. As we get older we move less while we sleep, this results in a longer amount of time in one position, therein a longer duration of time a wrinkle producing force is being applied to an area of skin.
{The location and orientation of sleep wrinkles are often different than wrinkles caused by facial expression, ( Please see the example below, Common sleep wrinkle locations and orientation marked in black]

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And unlike wrinkles caused by facial expression most sleep wrinkles are not improved by Botox. However, sleep wrinkles can be improved by fillers (e.g., Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero), laser resurfacing and face-lifting in some cases.

Got diastasis recti? Your insurance may pay for relief

 

Almost every brand-new mom still looks pregnant after giving birth — but if your belly is still pooching out months after giving birth, you, like up to 40 percent of all new moms, may have a diastasis recti.

A diastasis recti is caused when the connective tissue gets stretched out between the pair of long, flat muscles that runs vertically down both sides of your abdomen (the rectus abdominis), causing them to separate. The result is a ridge that looks like a loaf of mushy bread protruding from your belly, a ridge that stands out even more when you cough or sit up.

Traditional abdominal exercises like crunches can make a diastatis recti worse, but a physical therapist can guide you on exercises that can improve the condition.

Meanwhile, Fort Worth, Texas ob-gyn Cynthia Robbins, M.D., reminds women that their insurance will generally pay for some type of binder that gives women relief while they’re recovering.

Belly Bandit’s Original is arguably the most popular belly wrap on the market
“I recommend wraps for all postpartum women,” says Dr. Robbins, “particularly if they have diastasis recti. When you have loose muscles separated in the middle, the binding holds them in so they can’t balloon out, and you have a better opportunity to strengthen and being them back together.”

If your doctor thinks a binder or wrap will help you, they can prescribe it just like a medication.

“I have written many prescriptions for durable medical goods so patients can pay for it using their flexible spending account, or their insurance company will reimburse them for it, ” says Dr. Robbins. “In general, any durable medical goods like bands, belts, wraps, splints, casts, crutches, etc. are reimbursable by insurance.”

What you need to show your insurance is a prescription with the CPT or Current Procedural Terminology code [a string of numbers that identifies the item recommended], and a receipt for the item you bought. Dr. Robbins says hospitals often have binders for their patients to take home, but “they’re cheap, can be scratchy, and are one-size-fits-all. In my experience, women do better buying their own and then getting reimbursement from insurance.”

What type of binder do you want? Dr. Robbins says it doesn’t matter how a wrap is constructed, but it should fit around you and compress the front of your belly using either Velcro or eyelet hooks.

The Bellefit Corset uses hooks to keep the pressure on
“It should give a firm compression to put your muscles, bones, and ligaments in place,” says Dr. Robbins, who cautions that the wraps won’t “shrink” your belly, or make you lose weight, but they will “bind everything back the way it was so women can start resuming normal activity.”

Dr. Robbins also cautions women to stop using wraps after about three months.

“You just want to stabilize the body so you can exercise and otherwise move around normally,” she says. “The binder should just be used for three months postpartum to ensure your hipbones and pubic bones don’t shift out and your muscles still contract the same instead of ballooning out.”

Of course, it should go without saying that your postpartum body will be different than prepartum — and that you should bring your concerns to your doctor, who can help.

Khloe Kardashian’s fears about her pregnant belly button are so relatable

 

Whether you’ve been pregnant before or you’re sporting your first-ever bump, chances are you’ve experienced some level of anxiety about your body. Will I get stretch marks? How will I manage to shed all of this baby weight? Will my belly button ever be the same?

If it makes you feel any better, even celebrities worry about these things — including Khloé Kardashian.

If you’re not a “Keeping Up with The Kardashians” fan, allow me to fill you in. Khloé Kardashian, the third-eldest of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, recently confirmed she is pregnant with her first child. This huge revelation followed months of speculation by celebrity gossip publications, mainstream media and social media followers alike.

“I have such a phobia with belly buttons and I know when you’re really pregnant your innie will become and outie. Oh my God I can’t even think about that. I’m so grossed out by that,” Kardashian recently vented on Snapchat, according to Us Weekly. After followers came forward to share their experiences (and assured the mom-to-be that her fears were completely normal, the reality star/fashion mogul also took to Twitter,

“I was absolutely massive and had a 10lb baby and my belly button didn’t even ‘pop’ stayed pretty much the same,” one Twitter user wrote.

“My innie just went flat never popped out,” another person commented.

“Here’s a pic of me at 40 weeks. You can barely tell it was poppin’ and if it does just tape it down,” yet another mom tweeted.

“But if it does pop out, it’ll go back!” another follower reassured.

Well, not exactly. If you suffer from something called diastatis recti — when the rectus abdominis muscles in your abdomen separate during pregnancy, leaving a gap that allows your belly to pooch out — your innie could remain an outie for quite some time after delivery. Plus, there’s another pesky pregnancy-related issue called an umbilical hernia that could result in a perpetual outie. (See below photo of me, 39 weeks pregnant with baby number three.)

My belly button absolutely popped with all three of my babies — and sooner with each pregnancy, at that. (This was probably because my first pregnancy ended up giving me an umbilical hernia. My doctor said it can be surgically repaired after I’m done having children.)

I can’t say I was ever all that worried about my weird-looking belly button. Instead, I was more concerned about the dreaded stretch marks. (For the record, my belly button returned to its normal-ish innie form a few months after childbirth, and I walked away with only a few stretch marks around my navel.)

Still, I can totally relate to Kardashian’s anxieties. Who knows? Maybe we’re not so different after all.

Images by Shutterstock, Michelle Stein

Five causes of stretch marks in teenage girls

Over the lifetime, the teenager has a tendency to create different body changes. Indeed, a few changes are considered as “sufferings,” and tragically, stretch imprints are one such changes. When it is about social weight, the teenagers are sensitive to the point that they get stressed over the lights check or skin inflammation on their skin. If, there is no other choice manage this issue.

 

What Causes Stretch Marks?

The most widely recognized reason for stretch imprints is a quick increment in weight pick up. With teenagers, be that as it may, there might be further complexities prompting their improvement. Making sense of why this is so can be accomplished by taking a gander at a couple of the reasons why a high schooler may wind up with stretch marks.

 

Why Might A Teenager Ache From Stretch Marks?

The occupancies of stretch marks on the body of the young people might be because of one of the accompanying reasons;

Growth 

This reason remains the disregarded one; unexpectedly, I assume is the real one. Commonly teenagers run over a period of fast development – the time when they get more extensive and taller, and notwithstanding when they discharge. Over the time the stretch marks begin to create on the skin – it is regular, so undoubtedly, it’s unavoidable.

Bad Diet: 

Overweight adolescents have a tendency to grow terrible checks rapidly – heftiness in such age gathering is not something new because patterns are much into snacks and another awful eating regimen. Moreover, their eating routine constitutes of heavy measures of carbs, fats, and sugar. What do they get? Wellbeing? Without a doubt, no! They wind up with increasing undesirable calories and heap up bunches of pounds. All these later outcomes in stretch blemishes on tights, stomach and many time of boom also.

Genetics: 

Hereditary qualities or legacy is additionally one of the driving purposes of obtaining stretch imprints – for instance, collagen that is an imperative human body hormone, if not delivered in the coveted sum prompts stretch marks.

 

Puberty: 

At the point when adolescent young ladies turn 13 or 14, or as it were, pubescence hits them, they have a tendency to experience many changes. Stretch imprints are one of these issues that have a tendency to create with pubescence.

 

Weightlifting can prompt stretch marks.

It may appear to be odd that lifting weights to get into awesome shape can bring about skin issues. The unusual actuality some won’t know about is that bulk increments can prompt the skin stretching in a similar way fat will stretch it. It doesn’t make a difference how or why the skin gets stretched. If it is being stretched, the skin winds up plainly put at awesome hazard for the improvement of stretch imprints. Trying too hard with pressing on a considerable measure of bulk too rapidly can prompt stretch marks. In that capacity, teenagers should be somewhat cautious with their mass building programs.

Young people develop.

It may be among the most neglected of all reasons why adolescents get stretch marks and, unexpectedly, it is presumably the most widely recognized one. Young people may encounter fast development. It is normal for an adolescent to end up noticeably a few inches taller and more extensive inside a solitary year. Thus, stretch imprints may show up on the skin. What can be so extremely baffling about these stretch marks got from development spots is they are totally unavoidable.

Home Remedies for Stretch Marks

All things considered, this is something that is inside the skin so you can’t unquestionably defeat them. Be that as it may, the recorded ways can help you limit the impacts;

  • Marks expulsion by Micro-dermabrasion
  • Laser treatment
  • Use distinctive home grown solutions for getting over the stretch marks
  • Use of cured creams
  • Vitamins are utilized to get the imprints
  • Use of different salves and oils

Toward the end more than utilizing any medications, creams or supplements our body require legitimate care, great rest and solid supplements since they work from inside.

Are your stretch marks showing up muddled and dull? In the event that yes then impart how you battle to it and cure it. You can share your thought about stretch marks if you don’t mind. I value your remarks and inputs.