An aspect of pregnancy that I was not privy to prior to conceiving was the one involving just how much my body would change beyond recognition – never to be seen again! Yes, it was a given that my stomach would grow to 20 times it’s usual size but I didn’t quite count on other parts of my body expanding along with it! Somehow I had fallen for the lie that is the Hollywood pregnancy – a sweet little round basketball-sized bump and a bum that fits into skinny jeans on leaving the hospital….. If you’ve had kids you’ll be laughing about now, if not, then don’t say I didn’t warn you!
An unfortunate side effect of all these changes is, that along with the expanded girth, comes a few battle scars – stretch marks. After my first pregnancy I was left devastated that my previously pretty bust had become a road map of sorts and my bikini days were over, and let’s not even mention my thighs and bum! Ok so not all these body parts are usually aired in public but the blow to my self-esteem was huge. I’m sure a fair percentage of those baby blues are due to the new mom looking at herself in the mirror for the first time post-birth!
As you might be away I am a huge lover of magazines and devour more than my fair share including the UK ones I borrow from the library or sneak a peak at in Seattle Coffee Shop. It was amongst the pages of the international glossies that I first heard about the miracle product that is Mama Mio. Beauty editors and real moms alike were raving about their amazing range of products especially one known as Goodbye Stretchmarks. What was heartening to me was that so many moms were looking for this type of product and secondly that there was something that might help get rid of stretchmarks for good…. until I realized it wasn’t available in South Africa!
Fast forward 5 years and I was chatting to a blogging friend at a launch and discovered that she was able to get her hands on some for me to try as it had recently arrived in South Africa! Hooray. Within a few days I had my hands on my own bottle of the magic stuff and was super keen to try it out…. she suggested I use it over a few months before giving my verdict as it’s the type of product you need to use for a while to see the results. The aim was to use it for 3 months as often as possible. The way it works is you need to apply the divine smelling cream like a finger paint onto each stretchmark 2 – 3 times a day to see optimum results.
If you are unfortunate enough to be familiar with stretchmarks you will know that they start out as purple and slowly fade to white or silver. The best time to treat them is while they are still in the purple phase as this is when the connective tissue is still trying to reconnect and this is the perfect time when you can start using the Mama Mio Goodbye Stretchmarks product. However, it does also work on the faded, silver stretchmarks – you just have to be more intensive about using it. Another real bonus about the product is that it is safe to use during pregnancy too as a preventative cream so best you start now if you’ve just got a positive test result…
I am still using the product as I have passed this purple phase (my eldest will be turning 6 shortly) and I have had to view my use of the product as a intensive exercise in commitment and patience. The product itself smells and feels amazing and is a pleasure to use. As a new mom I think it’s very worth spending the time to pamper yourself before bed by applying the cream to the neccessary areas. I have seen a difference in the lines on my bust and lower stomach and I am definitely feeling more bikini-ready than I have in years. The mileage this product has done for my self-confidence is worth the price tag! I am so looking forward to seeing even more results over the next few months… Look better, Feel better is their motto and I say: Bring on Summer!
Mama Mio’s Goodbye Stretchmarks contains radically effective ingredients that are clinically proven to reduce the appearance of stretch marks by over 70%. It is the best stretch mark minimising product on the market that works on new or old stretchmarks; whether they came from pregnancy, teenage growth, weight gain, weight lifting or cosmetic surgery.
From my review you may be lead to believe that Mama Mio only make Goodbye Stretchmarks but I can assure you that they have the most fabulous range of beauty products (for body and face) for women of all ages and stages (not only moms!) The body concerns they have a product for include:
o Tummy/ Waistline
o Boobs, Chest & Neck
o Loose, crepey skin
o Bingo wings/ Flabby Arms
o Existing Stretch Marks
o Stretch Mark prevention
o Dry Skin
o Dry Lips/ Cracked heels/ Cuticles
o Water retention
o Pregnancy s-t-r-e-t-c-h
The 4 women who founded Mama Mio certainly know what products to create to appeal to women – they selfishly created the ones they wanted to use!! I think I’m not alone in wanting to stock up on their entire range!! I am especially keen to get my hands on the Boob Tube bust and neck firmer. Another area affected by pregnancy – but that’s another story for another day ;)
I am delighted to have one bottle of Mama Mio’s Goodbye Stretchmarks to give away this week.
Follow the steps below to enter:
1) Leave a comment below telling me what surprised you most about pregnancy? (or if you’re not a mama or expecting mama but still want to try out the product feel free to tell me what surprised you most about adulthood!)
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This competition is open to all South Africa residents. Entries close on Wed 19 Sep and the winner will be announced on Thurs 20 Sep.
Images: Kathryn Rossiter
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