No matter how think you are, chances are you have stretch marks. If you were lucky enough to not have them pre-baby, then chances are stretch marks are one of the many battle scars of having a baby. Lil’ Miss has teamed up with Swiss Skin Repair to give one lucky reader Dr. H. Bellin Scar & Stretch Mark Body Cream ($165 value!).
Did you know that dry skin is more prone to stretch marks? Because collagen and elastin fibers require moisture to stay strong, skin is more susceptible to breaking and forming stretch marks after winter months.
Created by internationally renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Howard Bellin (featured on the most recent season of the Real Housewives of New York), the new Dr. H. Bellin Scar & Stretch Mark Body Cream both prevents and reduces the appearance of stretch marks. It also moisturizes the skin throughout the day, deeply nourishing and saturating it with continuous hydration.
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Before I had a baby I never really needed shapewear. I bought a pair of Spanx but only wore them once or twice and felt like my life was being sucked out of me and I never wore them again. When I had the baby, I had to have a c-section and from my first few days in the hospital, I started wearing a corrective belt. First, because across the world wrapping is a way to help get one’s uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size. Second, because of the surgery, one tends to feel like their mid-section and all of its contents are about to fall out.
Surgery, or no surgery, I had stocked up on various belts because I wanted to get back to my pre-pregnancy shape as soon as possible. When I was contacted by Lytess to try out their corrective belt, I thought, “perfect timing!” I am so glad that Lytess sent me a belt to try out because it turned out to be my favorite one.
Lytess is not like other shapewear brands out there. Not only do Lytess products give you the support you need, Lytess is a “cosmetotextile”. That is, the textiles Lytess uses are “embedded with microcapsules that continuously moisturize and smooth the skin and have been clinically proven to help you lose inches.” Sounds like the future, I know. So how does it work?
The products’ microencapsulated concentrated ingredients, which include essential fatty acids, natural vitamins and phtosterols, are released throughout the day from the natural friction while wearing the garment. As the microcapsules are released they help to nourish the skin and reshape your figure.
Belly Bandit – I followed the sizing instructions when I ordered this belt but it didn’t fit me until my 3rd or 4th week after surgery. The first few times I wore it I was in physical pain from the belt and even now, it is the most uncomfortable belt of all the ones I tried. It’s also the bulkiest of all the belts so I tried not to wear this belt out of the house because one could see the belt protruding through the clothing.
Medela Postpartum Support Belt – This belt gave the least support of all the belts. I don’t think this did much in the way of giving me support so I wore this belt while working out because it didn’t restrict my movements. It’s also good for sleeping if you can’t get comfortable in the other belts. I followed the sizing instruction on this as well and was not able to wear it until my 3rd or 4th week after pregnancy.
The Belt from the Hospital (similar in style to the Especially for Mom belt) – I wore this belt for the first month after my surgery because I felt it was the safest to wear since it came from the hospital. Also, since I tried it on at the hospital, it was the only one of the belts that fit me. I liked this belt because it was extremely adjustable – I could see myself getting smaller by how tight I could make the belt. It was also pretty comfortable given the amount of support it gave me. However, wearing this under clothing was not so great because the belt got bulkier the smaller you got because there was excess fabric to wrap around you.
Lytess Corrective Belt – I received this in about my 3rd to 4th week post-surgery. When I took it out of the box I was doubtful that it would fit because it was very tiny. But, like other shapewear, looks can be deceiving and the belt had lots of give and I was able to get it on. Once I had it on, I immediately felt the support I needed without the bulk of the other belts. I also loved that I could just pull this belt on and didn’t have to adjust it. All of the other belts had velcro flaps which added to the bulk of the belts. The Lytess corrective belt was my belt of choice whenever I went out because it smoothed out my bumps and fit nicely under my clothes. Because it is seamless, there was no added bulk.
The Lytess belt was also the most comfortable and I would forget that I had it on. Unlike the other belts that had velcro closures, the Lytess belt molded to the shape of my body. (The other belts tended to bunch up – especially because they didn’t have any give for curves like your waist.) I also loved that the caffeine and Shea Butter that is in the fabric of the belt left my skin smooth and soft and not dry from hours of wear.
Lytess was by far my favorite product that I tried and I highly recommend it to any ladies who want to wear slimming undergarments. In addition to the corrective belt, Lytess offers Slimming Bike Shorts, Slimming Capris, Slimming Leggings. Lytess also has a micromassage and hydration line that includes Sleeves, Bike Shorts, Capris, Leggings and a Lift Up Bra. All the products can be found on the following websites: Blissworld.com, Bebeautiful.com, BraSmyth.com, FitandSharp.com and TimeforMeCatalog.com.
*I received the Lytess Corrective Belt from the company and I was dieting and exercising after my pregnancy.
The post-World War II baby boom brought the United States 77.3 million new citizens. Men were returning from the trenches and one thing on their minds. The ladies! The twelve year gap from 1945 to 1957 is when these bundles of baby joy came to. Daddy had been holding that twinkle in his eye for years, and he couldn’t wait to get Mommy behind closed doors.
Looks like history is repeating itself. We are in the midst of another boom. Bellies are protruding from under blouses left and right. We’ve welcomed many celebrity kiddos this year, and the list of preggo women is growing by the day.
Let’s recap a few of the most anticipated babies of the year:
-Vida Alves born to Matthew McConaughey and Camilla Alves
-Violet Madison born to Christina Milian and The-Dream
-Julian Fuego born to Paula Patton and Robert Thicke
- Josie Brooklyn born to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar (#19 for the couple)
-Daniel Gibson, Jr. born to Keyshia Cole and Daniel Gibson
-Krishna born to Padma Lakshmi and Adam Dell
-Bryn Casey born to Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy
That’s only a brief list of the few couples who welcomed new members. Talk about getting it in!
Outside of the new parents on the scene, there are many couples who are expecting as we speak (some confirmed and some suspected):
-Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza
-Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats
-Celine Dion and René Angelil (twins)
-John Travolta and Kelly Preston (twins)
-Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon (?)
-Beyonce and Jigga Man (?)
Confirmed or rumored. Expecting or welcomed. CONGRATULATIONS to all the 2010 Mommies and Daddies! Anticipate my name and Travis McCoy’s to show on next year’s list. Yeah, I said it. Take note of that love child!