Whether you love being pregnant, or are counting down the days until your delivery, chances are you could do with a little comfort. We asked Living and Loving moms about the creams, lotions and therapies they used to get them through their pregnancies.
Stretch mark cream
“Palmer’s Body Oil not only helped prevent stretch marks; it also eased the dry skin I was suffering from.” – Rachel Prinsloo
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Body Oil, R59.99, Clicks
This fast-absorbing body oil can be applied after your shower or added to your bath for extra skin-soothing. It’s the cocoa butter and vitamin E in this product that make it so effective, but you could also try the Palmer’s Tummy Butter if you’re looking for something even richer.
“My gynae told me to use E45 cream to stop my skin from itching.” – Samantha Cohen
E45 Cream, R199.99, Clicks
Itchy skin is caused by all that stretching your skin has to do, and those new hormones flooding your system don’t help either. E45 has been specially developed for extremely dry skin and it can be used on eczema and sunburned skin, too.
“I loved my pregnancy pillow (although I still used just about every other pillow in the house).” – Jeanne Geldenhuys
The Comfi-Curve Maternity Pillow, R788, faithful-to-nature.co.za
This pillow is set to become one of your favourite things. It has been specially designed to follow your body’s shape, providing wonderful support to ankles and thighs and helping to reduce pressure from your belly. Plus, you can use it after you’ve given birth as a support while breastfeeding.
“Maternity jeans are the best. They’re so comfy.” – Nathalie Calvert
MAMA Super Skinny jeans, R429, H&M
Maternity wear has come a long way since since the ‘80s. Instead of dresses that aim to hide a pregnant belly, we can choose gear that celebrates it and makes us feel comfortable at the same time. Most moms gave H&M the thumbs up for a range of maternity wear that is stylish yet affordable.
“Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream was a lifesaver for my lips.” – Joanne Badenhorst
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, R299, Clicks
This iconic product can be used pretty much anywhere you need a bit of skin soothing and smoothing − from cheeks to lips and even burns.
In her 16 years as journalist, Lisa Witepski’s work has appeared in most of South Africa’s leading publications, including the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Entrepreneur and Financial Mail. She has written for a number of women’s magazines, including Living & Loving, Essentials and many others, across topics from lifestyle to travel, wellness, business and finance. She is a former acting Johannesburg Bureau Chief for Cosmopolitan, and former Features Editor at Travel News Weekly, but, above all, a besotted mom to Leya and Jessica. Lisa blogs at whydoialwayscravecake.blogspot.com and lisa.witepski.blogspot.com, and tweets at @LisaWitepski.