Belly Oil Benefits: Why You Need a Belly Oil For Pregnancy

Let’s chat bellies, shall we? It’s time to come to terms with the inevitableyou’re growing a tiny human and your body is growing along with it. One of the most common concerns during pregnancy is, “Will I get stretch marks?” And the truth is that you probably will50 to 80 percent of pregnant women do. The occurrence of stretch marks depends on a number of things, and a big factor is genetics (so you have Mom to thank for the reminder of your body’s incredible work!).

After 20 years in the maternity business, we’ve seen a lot of bellies. We’ve designed the original belly band to support bumps of all sizes, and we’ve also grown many babies of our own (even two at once for some of us!). We wish we could tell all the first time mamas to love your body back. Know that stretch marks often fade over time, but it helps if you can nourish and take care of your skin while your body’s undergoing such drastic changes.

Can I get rid of stretch marks?

We haven’t found a product claiming to “treat” stretch marks that actually worked for us, but we believe you can do certain things to help prevent themlike staying hydrated, eating right, and incorporating a good belly oil into your routine early on. Belly oils help nourish skin at any stage of pregnancy and can be used all over the body (FYI: many women get stretch marks on their breasts and hips, too).

We’re here to tell you about all the amazing benefits of using a belly oil during pregnancy, and that not all belly oils are the same. You need to know what ingredients to look for in a formula, and more importantly what you should be avoiding. 

Our favorite belly oil for pregnancy and postpartum may or may not be something we’ve been working on behind the scenes… prepare to fall in love!

Which belly oil should I use?

Great question! Meet The Oil, AKA your bump’s BFF in a bottle. It’s one of two products in our new and much anticipated clean skincare line! Just a few drops of this nourishing formula will feed skin all the nutrients it’s craving while delivering intense hydration to help naturally prevent stretch marks as your belly grows.

You know in the winter when your skin gets a little extra dry and tight? Now imagine that for 9+ months! But that’s why we made The Oil. It’s formulated with just 7 key ingredients that work together in perfect harmony to help restore skin’s moisture, elasticity, and overall comfort. 

We crafted this belly oil for all stages of pregnancy and beyond. After working with the best natural ingredient experts for over two years, we finally landed on the botanical blend we know your skin will love. It was important to us to have the least amount of ingredients possible, so everything in this formula serves a purpose—including a hint of rose to infuse a little luxury into your day!

After decades in the maternity business, we know a good thing when we see it. We’ve sourced the best-of-the-best wellness products from brands we love to serve your every need. Our brand-new skincare solutions were a long time coming, and it’s no surprise that our favorite part about these two new babies is what they’re formulated with and without.

What ingredients are in the belly oil?

When we first started developing The Oil, we knew we wanted it clean, simple, and packed with nothing but the best for all the mamas out there. That’s why we finally landed on just 7 safe, plant-based ingredients: apricot kernel oil, marshmallow root, calendula flower, rosehip and lavender flower, chamomile flower, and rose absolute (5 of which are certified organic!).

We chose the simple-yet-effective route because moms are busy and our lives are complicated enough! This feel-good formula absorbs quickly into skin to help calm belly itch, soothe irritation, and more. Best of all, it delivers heavyweight hydration with a featherlight feel—meaning you reap all of the necessary nourishment without feeling greasy or sticky after you apply.

Read the label on this custom blend, and you’ll only find natural ingredients you can pronounce—and each playing a best supporting role for your skin. Apricot kernel oil acts as a nourishing and lightweight base to help soften and strengthen, while marshmallow root provides instant hydration and works to improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture. 

Calendula flower helps with tightness and irritation, while rosehips helps boost collagen production. Last but not least, lavender and chamomile flowers help calm and soothe your stretching, itchy skin. In short, this dream team straight from Mama Nature is there to simply bring out the best in your skin without any extra stuff that’s either harmful or unnecessary!

What should I avoid in a belly oil?

There are a few things you should avoid in all of your skincare products during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. We recommend using clean formulas with no added “bad stuff.” By that, we mean parabens, lanolin, gluten, soy, and more. Rule of thumb: if you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t be using it (check out our pregnancy-safe ingredient glossary for more!). Know that you can’t go wrong with The Oil. While other belly oils can have 15 ingredients or more, this one is clean, safe, vegan, and non-GMO. Plus we never test any of our products on animals because we love our fur babies just as much as our human ones!

How do I use a belly oil & what are the benefits?

Stretch marks aside, the main reason we made The Oil was to help pregnant mamas feel comfortable in their skin during a time when they need it most. You and babe are growing quickly (just ask that week-by-week pregnancy tracker), and there comes a point when your skin is looking for a lifeline. Well, this is it! It’s not just for your bump too–you can use it on your breasts, thighs, butt, hips, and really anywhere you’re expecting rapid growth or in need of extra hydration.

Just like you, The Oil’s an incredible multitasker. We like to keep a bottle on our nightstand to fully douse ourselves before hittin’ the hay, especially after a shower while your skin is a little damp so the formula really sinks in. Or, sometimes we add a few drops in our bath (two birds, one stone!). 

You can use the formula from head to toe, or as a targeted treatment for dry patches if needed. It’s really up to you–you can even use it on dry ends of hair! Over time, you’ll learn that multi-use products are a mom’s best friend, and finding a belly oil that does more than you need it to? Now THAT’S a win. 

In conclusion...

Short conclusion? We love our belly oil. Long conclusion? You only have one body, so you gotta take care of it...especially when it’s cooking a tiny miracle inside! No matter what phase of pregnancy you’re in, make sure you keep your skin nourished and healthy. Skincare is such an important aspect of wellbeing and a happy mama = a happy babe! 

Of course, we’re always here to help throughout your journey and have so many great products and resources for you. And we may or may not have more wellness launches coming soon… so stay tuned, mama!

Ingrid & Isabel was born when its founder, Ingrid, was newly pregnant with her daughter Isabel and could no longer button her pre-pregnancy bottoms. She fashioned the first prototype of the Bellaband and spent three years perfecting the design before it hit shelves in 2003. To this day, every piece we make, we design with, on, and for moms. Shop our full line of maternity wear.

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