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With Daylight Saving Time upon us, the promise of summer and warm weather is just around the corner. And with the weekend forecast predicting mid-90s (we love California-livin'!), I want to address a common question pregnant Mamas have:

What are toxin-free solutions to get sunburn relief while pregnant?

 

Witch hazel: Native Americans have been savvy to the power of witch hazel for ages. Used topically, witch hazel eases inflammation and minor burns. To naturally to get sunburn relief while pregnant, soak a cotton ball with witch hazel (our favorite brand is Thayer's Alcohol-Free Toner) and lightly immediately pat on the affected area. The Spoiled Mama's toxin-free toners also contain witch hazel,  so lightly spritz the sunburn to shorten healing time and help minimize peeling.

Tamanu oil: A well-regarded natural oil from the tamanu tree, this wondrous oil has been scientifically proven to heal damaged and inflamed skin, while encouraging the growth of new, healthy skin tissue. Dab tamanu oil onto your sunburn to reduce healing time, or apply our Tummy Butter for stretch marks, which will deliver a healthy dose tamanu oil to your damaged skin. The best-selling belly butter will also reduce peeling and any painful stinging sensation.

Aloe vera: Aloe is the most popular of sunburn remedies for its availability and proven track record for helping heal sun-scorched skin. The soothing gel helps calm inflamed skin and studies suggest it may reduce healing time. For best results, use the gel from a fresh aloe plant, or alternatively, gently massage Happy Legs Aloe Gel for swollen pregnancy legs. Enhanced with cooling cucumber, the leg gel delivers a double dose of healing goodness to the inflamed area! It also doubles as one of the natural remedies for swollen feet during pregnancy.

Lavender essential oil: Not only does lavender provide relaxing aromatherapy, it can help heal sunburns. Rich with anti-inflammatory compounds, lavender essential oil reduces swelling, redness and healing time. To apply, dilute lavender essential oil into a body lotion or carrier oil (general rule is 3-5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp. of carrier oil) and apply to the affected area. If DIY isn't your thing, gently apply our lavender infused Bump Gloss Stretch Mark Oil over the sunburn.

What natural remedies do you rely on to help heal sunburns & get sunburn relief while pregnant? Share 'em below!
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Everyone talks about the pregnancy glow, and I'm sure some women do feel radiant -- I know I did for a total of three days before I became sick and nauseated over everything! Those who are not feelin' the glow right now may be dealing with the many varied side effects of impending motherhood. One common pregnancy skincare issue is pregnancy melasma, facial skin discoloration colloquially known as the "mask of pregnancy."

What is the mask of pregnancy?

Pregnancy Melasma (muh-LAZ-muh) appears as splashes of darkened skin that appear on the forehead, bridge of the nose, upper lip, and cheeks. Though women with olive and darker complexions are more likely to develop it, up to 70% of expecting Mamas experience the mask of pregnancy. The splotches vary from brown to gray-brown and appear in an irregular pattern. While melasma appears frequently with pregnant women, it also occurs to pre-menopausal women and those taking oral or patch contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medications.

What causes melasma during pregnancy?

Blame it on the hormones, Mama. As progesterone, estrogen and other hormones flood your body during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, hyperpigmentation can occur. While pregnancy melasma usually fades within months of giving birth, it never quite disappears for some. When exposed to the sun, Mamas may find faint patches appear once again.

How do I treat melasma?
  • Become militant with sunscreen. According to the American Association of Dermatology, the sun triggers melasma: "One of the most common treatments for melasma is sun protection. This means wearing sunscreen every day and reapplying the sunscreen every 2 hours." Dermatologists also recommend wearing a wide-brimmed hat when outside, since sunscreen alone may not give you the protection you need.
  • Consider toxin-free maternity skincare products designed to treat melasma. The Spoiled Mama's pregnancy melasma treatment products help clears the surface of your skin with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and multi-fruit acids. Your skin can be replenished with new cells and give you a refreshed and glowing look.  Meanwhile, Rehab and Lucid Brightening Melasma Serum both brighten and correct dark spots using Retin-A and licorice extracts -- ingredients proven to help treat the mask of pregnancy.
  • Eat foods that contain folic acid. Studies have shown that a folate deficiency can be related to hyperpigmentation. Good choices include green leafy vegetables, oranges, whole wheat bread, and whole grain cereal.
Want more tips? Check out other ways to treat, prevent and minimize pregnancy melasma!

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Everyone talks about the pregnancy glow, and I'm sure some women do feel radiant -- I know I did for a total of three days before I became sick and nauseated over everything! Those who are not feelin' the glow right now may be dealing with the many varied side effects of impending motherhood. One common pregnancy skincare issue is melasma, facial skin discoloration colloquially known as the "mask of pregnancy." What is the mask of pregnancy? Melasma (muh-LAZ-muh) appears as splashes of darkened skin that appear on the forehead, bridge of the nose, upper lip, and cheeks. Though women with olive and darker complexions are more likely to develop it, up to 70% of expecting Mamas experience the mask of pregnancy. The splotches vary from brown to gray-brown and appear in an irregular pattern. While melasma appears frequently with pregnant women, it also occurs to pre-menopausal women and those taking oral or patch contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medications. What causes melasma during pregnancy? Blame it on the hormones, Mama. As progesterone, estrogen and other hormones flood your body during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, hyperpigmentation can occur. While melasma usually fades within months of giving birth, it never quite disappears for some. When exposed to the sun, Mamas may find faint patches appear once again. How do I treat melasma?
  • Become militant with sunscreen. According to the American Association of Dermatology, the sun triggers melasma: "One of the most common treatments for melasma is sun protection. This means wearing sunscreen every day and reapplying the sunscreen every 2 hours." Dermatologists also recommend wearing a wide-brimmed hat when outside, since sunscreen alone may not give you the protection you need.
  • Consider toxin-free maternity skincare products designed to treat melasma. The Spoiled Mama's melasma treatment products helps clears the surface of your skin with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and multi-fruits acids. Your skin can be replenished with new cells and give you a refreshed and glowing look.  Meanwhile, Rehab and Lucid Brightening Melasma Serum both brighten and correct dark spots using Retin-A and licorice extracts -- ingredients proven to help treat the mask of pregnancy.
  • Eat foods that contain folic acid. Studies have shown that a folate deficiency can be related to hyperpigmentation. Good choices include green leafy vegetables, oranges, whole wheat bread, and whole grain cereal.
Want more tips? Check out other ways to treat, prevent and minimize melasma during your pregnancy!

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As I began formulating The Spoiled Mama's pregnancy skincare many years ago, one of the first things I learned about was all the wonderful benefits of vitamin E.

If you take a look at the ingredients for our cocoa butter for stretch marks, pregnancy acne serum and pregnancy stretch mark oil, you'll find vitamin E is an important component in these organic formulas.

That's because while vitamin E is vital for the proper functioning of our body's organs, it also has amazing topical applications that benefit skin, hair, and nails.

What is vitamin E?

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient found naturally in foods such as avocado, asparagus, eggs, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. In the body, it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals.

While vitamin E can be consumed orally through food, supplements and gel capsules, your body delivers only a certain percentage of vitamins to your skin -- no matter how much you ingest.

This is why applying vitamins topically are crucial in delivering maximum benefits to your skin. Used commonly in sunscreens and sunburn relievers, vitamin E is proven to ease dryness and bolster skin’s UV defense. It is also said to even skin tone and soften skin.

Can vitamin E for stretch marks during pregnancy help? Can it help fade stretch marks I already have?

According to P. Kim Phillips, doctor of dermatology at the Mayo Clinic, early application of vitamin E is the best way to avoid stretch marks from scarring.

Stretch marks occur during pregnancy when the skin is stretched so rapidly that the dermis, or middle layer of the skin, actually tears. Aside from weight fluctuations, dry, itchy skin and poor hydration also increase the likelihood of stretch marks appearing.

According to "Healing with Vitamins: The Most Effective Vitamin and Mineral Treatments for Everyday Health Problems and Serious Disease," vitamin E oil boosts collagen production, a connective tissue that keeps skin elastic.

With more elasticity, your skin will be less susceptible to tears and stretch marks. To help heal and fade new stretch marks, a topical application of vitamin E supports new skin cell growth and revs up cell regeneration.

To minimize stretch marks and reduce itchiness, choose a moisturizing oil or belly butter that contains vitamin E, and rub it directly to stretch-mark-prone areas daily. For pregnant women, these areas include the stomach, breasts, thighs, and buttocks.

What other ways can I use vitamin E during my pregnancy? Aside from keeping stretch marks at bay by keeping skin supple and moisturized, vitamin E can also help prepare you for a vaginal birth and reduce the chances of an episiotomy. Starting around 34 weeks, perineal massages can help stretch the skin between your vagina and anus, and greatly reduce the chance of tearing during delivery. Experts recommend choosing a toxin-free massage oil with vitamin E to help increase the skin's elasticity in this delicate region.

Now tell us: How do you use vitamin E in your daily beauty routine? 
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Wishing the merriest of holidays to you and yours! Beginning today, Dec. 21st to Jan. 3, The Spoiled Mama family will be spending QT with our loved ones. Though we're out of the office, you can visit our online store 24/7 for all your pregnancy skincare needs! We'll be back Jan. 3rd to promptly process orders and answer emails.

And for all you last-minute shoppers, our virtual Spoiled Mama gift card makes the perfect pregnancy gifts! Until next time, have a joyous and safe holiday season, and we'll see you in 2019! 

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The most stressful part of the holidays, arguably, is the pressure of hunting down that perfect gift: one that is thoughtful; practical, yet has a certain degree of fun, beauty or whimsy. It's a tall order, and every year we get befuddled dads and gift-givers who need help figuring out the best holiday gifts for new moms. Well, breathe easy, holiday shoppers! We've put together a guide to help you find pregnancy gifts under $20mom to be gifts and new mom gifts. What will Santa bring the special Mama in your life? 

For the Mama who loves shower time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the lady who is part mermaid, check out Luxe-Mama, sulfate free body wash ($18 retail, now $16.50). This foamy organic body wash for expecting moms is toxin-free and gets its rich lather from coconut and sugar derived surfactants. Moms will love its calming lavender-vanilla scent. Include Indulge body polish for pregnancy stretch marks, which is great for expecting and postpartum moms. For pregnant moms, it soothes itchy bellies while helping prevent stretch marks. For new mothers, this organic sugar scrub rejuvenates tired postpartum bodies and battles stretch marks while she sheds post-baby pounds. Throw in a pair of shower exfoliating gloves to make this the perfect new mom gift!

For the stylish Mama who loves her heels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If your expecting mom is anything like Meghan Markle, she'll probably be wearing pumps well into her pregnancy -- a belly bump won't keep this fashionista down! If this sounds like your Mama, reach for Happy Legs: Aloe & Cucumber Leg Gel for Swollen Legs & Feet ($24 retail, now $21.60). The refreshing formula was developed to treat edema or swollen legs and feet during pregnancy; however, its effective formula will be a godsend to your stylish mom. Just ask designer Michi Marshall, wife of Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who uses our aloe leg gel to soothe her pregnancy feet after a long day in heels...and carrying twins!

For the newly pregnant Mama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a Mama who is newly pregnant, we've put together the Bump Bag Bliss ($53 value, now $49) just for her! The gift set for new moms includes our signature Bump Gloss stretch mark oil and Tummy Butter stretch marks lotion to help take care of her growing bump. Exfoliating gloves and an adorable silver holiday bag makes this the perfect new mom gift.

For the breastfeeding Mama

If your Mama is nursing, organic breastfeeding products are a MUST. Since toxins Mama eats or applies on her skin can make its way into baby's body, your nursing mom will love The Spoiled Mama's More Milk Please breastfeeding tea and Fix that Sucker Nipstick. Unlike other nipple cream you may find on the shelves, our Nipstick eliminates germs and contamination with its easy push-up tube for fuss-free application.

For the on-the-go Mama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If you have Mama who's on-the-go like Carrie Underwood, she's going to adore our Motherlode Beauty Tote Bundle. This amazing bundle gives Mama everything she needs: Tummy Butter cream for stretch marks, Happy Legs massaging gel for pregnant moms, Bump Gloss stretch mark oil and Luxe-Mama body wash for expecting moms. It's slim profile makes this easy to fit in her purse, hospital bag, suitcase or welcome-home bag. Stick this kit in her stocking for smiles all around!

For the growing Mama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Expecting Mamas such as Amy Schumer need extra lovin' for growing, stressed skin. For a limited time, we've bundled our best-selling stretch mark skincare to bring you the Stretch Mark Prevention Trio ($106 retail, now $98). The trio consists of our Bump Gloss stretch mark oil, Tummy Butter stretch marks lotion and Indulge body polish for pregnancy stretch marks.

So there you have it! How will you spoil your Mama this holiday?

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Recently, we had a sit down with a few mamas and they had some good questions about pregnancy skincare, so I wanted to address one of the most popular topics: 

How to lose stretch marks once they're already there. 

Here's a Facebook question from a Mama we met:

"I am six weeks postpartum and as a woman of color my stomach is still very dark in appearance. I know its something many darker woman are ashamed to show, but perfect for showing a transformation! The actual marks are deep tears I would say and quite a few shades lighter than the area around. How do I get rid of these pregnancy stretch marks?"

Answer: Congrats on your new baby! This is the perfect time to begin tackling those new stretch marks -- once they heal and become silvery scars, it's almost impossible to alter their appearance without invasive and expensive laser surgery. However, since you're only six weeks postpartum, this is a fantastic time to begin making real changes in their final appearance!

 Since your stretch marks are already formed, we recommend using our Remodel Serum and Tummy Butter from our collection of toxin-free pregnancy stretch mark solutions. 1) On clean, dry skin apply Remodel stretch mark serum as a spot treatment over stretch marks. Apply with a gentle patting motion and allow serum to be fully absorbed before putting on clothes or moving to next step. 2) Apply Tummy Butter liberally over regions where stretch marks exist. Allow to dry. Repeat once or twice a day. Since our belly butter is a rich cocoa butter with a blend of nourishing oils, it may take a little longer (10-15 minutes) for the butter to dry.

Personally, I love the full Remodel + Tummy Butter treatment at night when I have more time to relax, and the Remodel spot treatment in the mornings when I'm a little more rushed. It should be noted that we strongly recommend staying out of the sun and/or tanning beds until your stretch marks heal completely. (And don't forget our tips on how to prevent stretch marks in the first place!) As always, our pregnancy skincare is toxin-free and made with organic ingredients, which means it's safe for expecting and postpartum Mamas!

Any maternity skincare questions for us? Ask us on our Facebook pageInstagram or leave a comment below!

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Alright, Mamas, you've been growing that apricot into a watermelon. You've been waddling around with achey, swollen feet. You've passed the "Aw, the baby's kicking!" phase, and you're ready to evict the tenant! Cheers, the third trimester. 

Welcome to what I like to call "the bottom of the ninth." You're in the home stretch now, baby, and there's no slowing down. As you prepare for the touchdown (oh gosh, am I mixing my sports metaphors?), your physical health is important as ever.
Many expectant Mamas are surprised they can actually help prepare the uterus for childbirth. That's where we come in with a pregnancy safe tea to help prevent preterm labor.
To help moms prep for delivery day, The Spoiled Mama turned to the science behind Mother Nature's purest ingredients. Using whole, loose herbs, we created "Bottom of the Ninth Tea," a 100% organic pregnancy safe tea that helps strengthen and tone the growing uterus. The blend contains healing herbs full of vitamins, bioflavonoids, and calcium that have even been proven to help lower the chance of C-sections and forceps birth. 
What's the magic behind this herbal pregnancy tea? Let's break it down!
Organic Red Raspberry Leaf. Red raspberry leaf is the star of this organic pregnancy tea. Revered for its medicinal properties, red raspberry leaf has been used for centuries to help combat painful periods, gastrointestinal disorders, fever, diabetes and vitamin deficiency. For pregnant women, drinking an herbal tea made with red raspberry leaf can help ease morning sickness, prevent miscarriages and ease your labor and delivery. According to WebMD, the chemicals in red raspberry help relax blood vessels and may also cause muscles to contract or relax, such as the uterus. With a well-toned uterus, vaginal childbirth can become easier and  much more efficient.  
Organic Stinging Nettle Leaf. Nettle leaf is high in vitamins A, C, K, calcium, potassium and iron. It's a great all-around pregnancy tonic and has a stimulating effect on the uterus (which is why we strongly recommend Mamas drink this tea in their third trimester only). 
 
Organic Oatstraw. Prepping your mind and spirit for childbirth is just as important as getting your body ready. Oatstraw, rich in calcium and magnesium, helps relieve anxiety and restlessness. Steeped into a soothing tea, oatstraw helps nervous expectant Mamas sleep and settle their minds.
Organic Chamomile Flower. In its dry form, the chamomile flower becomes a medicinal herb that's high in calcium and magnesium.  Used in our herbal tea, chamomile will help pregnant women with restlessness.
Organic Rosehips. Rose hips are the round portion of the rose flower just below the petals and contain the seeds of the rose plant. When fresh, rose hips are an excellent source of Vitamin C and help boost the immune system.  Many midwives consider these pretty red herbs one of the most effective organic sources of Vitamin C, which aids in iron and calcium absorption -- vital minerals for your baby's  development. 
Organic Alfalfa Leaf.  Alfalfa leaf is packed with Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Many midwives advise drinking alfalfa tea during the last trimester of pregnancy to boost Vitamin K, which helps decrease postpartum bleeding and the chances of hemorrhaging. Alfalfa also increases breast milk, as alfalfa hay is fed daily to milking goats and other dairy animals.
Have you used any of these herbs (alone or combined) during your pregnancy? Share your experience with us!
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Spoiled Mama Beauty Affiliate Program

Our affiliate program is for everyone – influencers, bloggers, website owners, or even unicorns!

Spread the love about our pregnancy skincare products on your blog/website or even with a friend via an email link and you can enjoy these awesome program features:

Ready to Join? Sign up here
Questions? We've got answers!
  • First of all, what is an affiliate program? 
    Affiliate programs are where merchant websites (like ours) pay YOU : VIP customers, micro-influencers and bloggers commissions as they help spread the word (AKA: recommend & refer) The Spoiled Mama.
    As an affiliate, you will help spread the word about Spoiled Mama products – at a profit, of course! It is similar to being a Brand Ambassador or Influencer with your circle of pregnant friends and/or readers. The more you share- the more you earn!
     
  • How do affiliate programs work?
    It’s actually super simple – as an affiliate, you will send potential customers our way by sharing your custom link via text, email, social media channel, blog or website. When a customer buys through your custom link, you will get a 10% commission from ALL sales. And it's super easy to track via the website.
     
  • When someone makes a sale, how do I get PAID?
    Great question! Once you set up your affiliate account you can be paid by direct deposit, check or wire transfer. It's all up to you. You can easily track sales & payments made to you daily.
     
  • I’ve heard about affiliate programs that pay, but how much will joining your affiliate program cost me? 
    Nothing! Signing up for our affiliate program is free and takes less than 10 minutes. We will give you the tools you need (for free) so you can start earning TODAY! If you have any questions we can help walk you through the process.
     
  • What if they click my custom link and don't buy that day and go back a week later directly to your site? Do I lose the sale since they didn't use my custom link?
    NOPE! You have a 30-day tracking period: You get credit for any orders within 30 days of the original click via your link placed by the customer.
     
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    There isn't one- this is truly passive income that generates itself once you begin promoting your custom link. If you have friends having babies and/or breastfeeding, spread the love and earn some commission in the process.

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Being pregnant brings with it a number of changes to a woman’s body. Aside from growing a gorgeous belly bump, an expectant mother’s blood also doubles in volume, which, in turn, creates significant pressure on the blood vessels and leads to spider veins.

While mostly harmless, spider veins are unsightly, to say the least. Thankfully, these small red or bluish veins that typically appear on the legs and face can be prevented.

Here are some tips on how to prevent spider veins during pregnancy
  • Don’t stand or sit for extended periods of time

Being on your feet or sitting for long stretches of time can trigger the formation of spider veins, so you must not stand or sit for too long. However, if there is a need for you to stand for a long period of time, you should at least shift your weight from one leg to the other every now and then. If you have to sit for some time, then you should shake things loose by standing up and moving around or every 30 or so minutes.

  • Elevate your legs

Whenever you’re resting, you should always prop up your legs to improve circulation, promote venous drainage, and reduce swelling. Do this as often as you can.

  • Uncross those legs

If you’re in the habit of crossing your pretty legs while sitting down, it’s time for you to drop it because it restricts your blood flow, which causes the veins to swell up.

  • Wear compression stockings

To avoid developing spider or even varicose veins, you need to take some of the strain off those veins. Compression stockings can do just that and keep your veins from enlarging.

Aside from helping keep spider and varicose veins at bay, wearing compression stockings can also help relieve your tired, aching legs and help you avoid feeling lightheaded when you stand up. Compression stockings may also help you avoid the very dangerous condition called deep vein thrombosis.

Before buying compression stockings, consult your OB first to make sure it’s the right option for you.

  • Add more fiber to your diet

One thing you need to avoid is constipation, as the deep veins in your legs get constricted this way. When this happens, your blood has no choice but to pool towards superficial veins, and that’s when those spider and varicose veins appear.

Avoid constipation by adding more fiber to your diet. Whole grains like bran, vegetables, and fresh fruits are high-fiber foods that should help you do your “business” much easier.

  • Exercise regularly

We all know the many benefits of regular exercise, but did you know that it can also help you stave off spider veins and the like?

When you perform exercises that work your legs, you improve their strength and circulation, as well as make the veins more stable. Since you’re preggo, the best leg exercise for you would be walking. Working out should also help you keep your weight gain—which is perfectly natural for pregnant women—more gradual, which your legs will thank you for as you won’t be suddenly placing excess pressure on them.

Should spider veins on legs continue to appear despite taking appropriate measures and you’re bothered by their appearance, use a concealer to keep them out of sight. Do you have your own hack on how to keep spider veins during pregnancy at bay? Please share with the rest of us in the comment below.

Contributor Bio:

Dr. Shannon York is the Medical Director at Expert Aesthetix in Scottsdale, AZ. She’s been working in the field of anti-aging and naturopathic medicine for nearly a decade now. An expert in all aspects of aesthetic medicine, Dr. York specializes in women’s health, natural hormone replacement therapy, and anti-aging nutrition.

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