During my pregnancy with my twin girls I was worried about how the stretching would affect my stomach. I also shocked and horrified myself by going online and looking at all of the people that were pregnant with twins and thought, “Oh Lord! I’ll never make it!”
(Yeah, so don’t do that – the internet can be a tool for information and resources but so is your doctor. Focus on your baby and NOT the what IF’s. If you do you will scare yourself silly and stress yourself out!)
My first pregnancy with my daughter had left me almost untouched by the wicked mommy lines but this time was different because there would be two of them. I figured there would be no way for me to get out this time without a line so, I started doing some research.
One of my girlfriends and I were talking and she mentioned that she had made something called, whipped belly butter for her sister when she was pregnant. I asked for the recipe and the rest is history! One of the things to always consider when pregnant period is just that there will be a lot of itching in the tummy region. This is mainly because your skin is being stretched while the little people take up temporary residency in your uterus. Keeping moisture on your stomach reduced that itchiness for me but mainly just staying focused on not scratching after my doctor informed me that this can make them worse made me hone in on NOT scratching as much. Don’t get me wrong, NOT scratching is not easy but thinking about the end result motivated me!
A few weeks after our conversation, I finally decided to make it and loved it! It lasted a few months even after my pregnancy so, I started using it all over my body and honestly it kept my skin even more hydrated than lotion I had used in the past! Now of course there are other retailers that sell body butter and they are marvelous!! However, if you like projects like me it’s something fun to do and the ingredients are all natural! Which are two of my favorite things.
Natural Stuff + DIY Projects = A few of my favorite things
Recently, I had several friends and family members that became pregnant. It is also that time of year where skin seams to be at it’s most fragile and needs the most attention. This is a real DIY project that you can repeat year around and it doesn’t hurt as a nice gift to someone else! So whether you are low on a budget, have parched skin, or preggo this will work. However, I made this mainly for my preggo pops, the beautiful life bringers, for my other oh so pregnant, unable to see their toes, and/or reach their shoes friends! This one is for you! Enjoy!!
Many of these types of recipes can be found online so don’t get caught up in specific oils because different stores have different options. Additionally, everyone has different skin, tolerances to certain things, and sometimes allergies so please consider that as well. You can get all of these ingredients at your local health food store or even a beauty supply so, don’t worry! Full disclaimer though because I typically get lost in either one for a while honestly so don’t get discouraged if you go in for one thing and come out with a bunch of extras! Mostly though when I go to the health food store, I always get more ideas on everything from healthier cooking options to skin and/or hair concoctions that I can try on myself and my kids.
1 cup shea butter (white or yellow)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup jojoba oil
Large mixing bowl
Boiler or double boiler
Empty storage container
Note: Either white or yellow shea butter will work well with this DIY. The main differences between the two is that they are from different parts of Africa. I have used both and they both gave me the same result. This is a personal preference and will not affect the viability of your butter. Additionally, use any essential oils that you like to make this mixture. The key is the shea butter because of the thickness. I personally like coconut oil because it keeps my body and hair well moisturized. Remember that you can use any type of oil you like.
5 Easy Steps to Belly Butter
Place the following ingredients in a large mixing bowl:
- 1 cup shea butter (white or yellow – either works fine)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup jojoba oil (substitutes are almond oil, olive oil or any other essential oil)
Use a spatula to mix ingredients together. Place ingredients on the stove on low to medium heat until all ingredients are melted completely. (Use a double boiler). This step does not take particularly long. It’s actually pretty quick. It should only take about 15-25 minutes to boil the mixture down to a liquid. Once you have gotten it all to melt, allow it to cool for about 20-30 minutes before placing it into the refrigerator or freezer (if you want it to cool faster.)
Once melted, place liquid into a freezer or refrigerator safe container and place into the refrigerator for 45 minutes (*20-30 minutes in the freezer) or until liquid begins to solidify (DO NOT allow the liquid to harden!) You can use a timer to keep track of time.
Take mixture out of the refrigerator and use a mixer on low to medium speed to blend to desired thickness. Personally, I like my butter a bit thick but you can blend until it is thin as lotion if you like.
Place butter into desired container and enjoy! Place container in the refrigerator or keep at room temperature to preserve.
Finally, Enjoy your butter!
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