Over the course of your pregnancy, your changing shape may need a little assistance to help it grow and shrink again with ease. Not only will your circulation increase during pregnancy, meaning your skin can feel drier, but you may also experience an itchy tummy as your bump grows and of course, there is the possibility of stretch marks.
To help your skin stay smooth, soft, and supple, it's a good idea to try using a skincare product such as a body oil during and after your pregnancy. These special pregnancy body oils work to help your body do its superhero work growing a baby with comfort and ease and help prevent stretch marks during those bump growth spurts. An oil is definitely worth adding to your skincare routine.
There are also lots of stretch mark creams to try, too.
The best stretch mark oils
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Bio-Oil Skincare Oil 60ml
The ubiquitous and rightly renowned Bio-Oil is a must-have for so many people with scars and stretch marks. The soothing oil contains vitamin A and E, combined with Calendula, Lavender, Rosemary, and Chamomile oils.
Review: "This has helped my hysterectomy scar from 8 weeks post-operative. There is no scent and it is good for sensitive skin. My skin is extremely sensitive and I have found no problems using it. Good product. If in any doubt buy it when on special offer. I use the smaller 60 ml as I found the 200 ml too big when only a drop or two is required for an application. Being an oil it is runny!"
Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Oil 120ml
Loaded with omega 3, 6, and 9 – sweet almond, borage, wheatgerm, and rosehip seed oils, with no nasties – to help soften your skin as it expands and shrinks again after birth. Slather on from boobs to below your bottom – front, back, and sides – from the moment you’re pregnant, until at least four months after your baby is born.
Review: "I used this oil throughout my pregnancy and a few months after birth and went through 4 bottles in total- I have no stretch marks even though I used to be a size 6 petite lady before pregnancy and I thought I will for sure get stretch marks but didn’t. Whether this product worked or not I don’t know but if I got pregnant again I would use it again!"
Clarins Huile Tonic Body Treatment Oil 100ml
This cult body oil is Clarins’ best-selling formula, purely because pregnant women and those concerned with stretchmarks rate it so highly. Rosemary, geranium, and mint pure plant extracts help firm, tone, and keep your skin supple. Best applied to damp skin straight after a bath or shower.
Review: "I have been using this throughout pregnancy to help ensure do not get stretchmarks - I have 3 weeks left and nothing yet, so fingers crossed it works. It's also cheaper to buy on amazon than in-store! It does leave you very oily but I put it on after a shower and let my tummy/chest dry for a while"
Bloom and Blossom YOU GLOW GIRL Performance Body Oil 150ml
Loaded with super-nourishing natural ingredients, omega-rich argan oil, jojoba seed oil and sweet almond oil, this absolutely no-nasties oil hits the spot for us, especially if you have sensitive skin. Just the right consistency and never greasy, simply massage into the skin focusing on your stretch marks. Plus, we love the ylang ylang and lavender blend scent which will help to calm a busy mind.
Review: "This is my all-time favourite Body Oil, goes on like a dream and has a sumptuous smell. I have been using for the past three months and my skin is more nourished than ever before."
WELEDA Stretch Mark Massage Oil 100ml
Gently fragranced with pure essential oils, this impressive bottle of goodness contains skin and mind soothing lavender oil, mood-lifting geranium, smoothing jojoba oil, and anti-inflammatory arnica.
Review: "Love it. Have been using it from roughly 15 weeks of pregnancy and now at 38 weeks and on my second bottle still no stretch marks! And I know that I am prone to them because I have loads on my hips, chest, and even knees from when I gained weight a good few years ago. The smell is really pleasant, unlike some other creams like Palmers Cocoa (way too strong for me personally). I usually apply it at night after taking shower and go straight to bed. It absorbs really well and doesn't leave you sticky and icky. I hate when lotions and creams leave you all sticky, icky, and gross feeling, this one doesn't."
ESPA Nourishing Body Oil
Containing nourishing jojoba and sweet almond oil to support growing bumps, but the formula is light and easily absorbed. Calendula and grape seed oil help keep skin tone smooth and even.
Review: "I love this product, I got it for a friend who is pregnant and she loves it! Soon she will be using it on her wee girl as well! fantastic!"
L´Occitane En Provence Amande Supple Skin Oil 100ml
Not only is this oil rich in omega 6 and 3 to prevent skin tightness, and silicium to support and firm up, but the almond oil gives the most heavenly scent.
Review: "Gorgeous oil, used throughout my pregnancy as a treat. Absolutely love this - it will be on my birthday/Christmas list!"
Ermana Natural Skincare Soothe Mama Body Oil 100ml
With jojoba, apricot, and macadamia oil, this little bottle is packed with natural vitamins, minerals, and omega oils to hydrate the skin and prevent the dreaded stretch marks. Apply a few drops to your baby bump and massage in.
Review: "I was very kindly gifted this during my pregnancy, I didn't realise how much I needed it until I used it! It reduced the redness and soreness of stretch marks, and massively helped with the itchy skin whilst bump was growing. I've already recommended to some other Mummas to be!"
Re-Gen Oil 125ml
This oil looks like a Bio-Oil dupe, and it does the job! Packed with Vitamin A, calendula oil, and chamomile oil, you can add a few drops of the oil to your bath to keep your skin smooth and supple or apply directly to stretch marks and scars.
Review: "This stuff is amazing! I've seen improvement to scars in 2 weeks!! Smells lovely and feels lightweight not greasy at all and have used more expensive brands in the past like Bio-Oil, I can genuinely say I think this product is better!"
Botanico Vida Omega Oil 125ml
The Omega Oil by Botanico Vida is 100 percent natural and beautifully absorbent which improves your skin. It can also be your go-to for any dry or damaged skin, stretch marks, scars, pregnancy bellies, and baby massages.
Our mum tester Sophie said: "The oil smells and feels really nice on my skin. I also have seen an improvement in my dry skin. A little also goes a long way so I would say it was value for money. I received the product a bit later so I haven’t seen a difference for my C-section scar but did feel nice on the skin. Also very easy and clean to use."
Motherlylove Tums and Boobs Stretch Mark Massage Oil 100ml
Currently Shortlisted for the M&B Awards 2022, Tums and Boobs Massage Oil reduces itching on your bump, reduces anxiety, reduces nausea, and reduces stretch marks. Formulated by founder, Jan, a qualified midwife and aromatherapist, all Motherlylove products are blended for safe use in pregnancy.
Our mum tester Jessica said: "For me, this product really stands out above others in the same market because of its incredible smell, the way it leaves my skin feeling so soft, and the fact that the brand really cares about the environment. I must admit, I had never heard of the motherly love brand before being sent this product for review, but I would definitely buy more and check out the other products in their range now."
Read our full tried and tested review here.