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Best Stretch Mark Creams

If there’s one thing that binds us in our pregnancy, it is our quest to stay stretch mark-free. Last month, we featured some of our favorite natural options for pregnancy belly oil and crowned the very best one. Now we’re digging into the best pregnancy stretch mark cream.

To get you the most honest results possible, we sent some of our favorite natural stretch mark creams to some of our favorite pregnant New Yorkers. For variety, we picked one lady in each trimester. We asked for the good, the bad and the ugly. And we told them not to stop rubbing till they found a winner. Below, find out how they rated some of the top pregnancy stretch mark creams on the market.

Notes on judging: All creams were tested for the following attributes: Packaging, Scent, Feel, Absorbency and Effectiveness. Products were judged 1-5 for each attribute, so 75 was the max score for every cream.

Aimee Raupp Organic Belly Butter, $35

Pros: “I love the fluffy, whipped consistency of this cream.”

“Aimee Raupp's gold tin is so pretty and cool.”

“The certified organic ingredients gave me peace of mind.”

Cons: “Neither me, nor a friend, nor my husband could open the tightly sealed tin package.”

Cliff Notes: Aimee Raupp’s packaging scored high on looks and ingredients, but low on ease. Testers found it to be absorbent and effective.

Total Score: 42

Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter, $36

Pros: “I used this cream during both my pregnancies and it has been very effective.”

“I am more than happy to use it twice a day both for the feel on my belly and the calming scent. It's a lightweight cream that sinks into the skin with ease.”

“There is also a cooling effect to this cream that feels like heaven on my tight belly.”

Cons: “Mama Mio is one of the more synthetic-feeling creams and carries a strong fragrance.”

Cliff Notes: Mama Mio achieved totally perfect scores for its feel, and came pretty close on absorbency. Smell was one of its weaker characteristics.

Total Score: 66

Basq NYC Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter, $38

Pros: “I love this big tub of cream!”

“Its refreshing fragrance and good absorbency makes it a great cream.”

“Beautiful scent.”

Cons: “I had to wash it off after my first use because my sensitive skin started to itch and get red... perhaps the lovely fragrance ingredients aren't for everyone's skin!”

Cliff Notes: The scent and packaging were a big win for Basq’s belly cream, but its absorbency was lower than average in our lot.”

Total Score: 52

Mumsie Stretch Mark Relief Cream, $12.99

Pros: “The thickest of the bunch, but still absorbed quickly.”

Cons: “The packaging is boring, the fragrance is sour, and the consistency is too thin.”

“Overall, I felt this product was very chemically.”

Cliff Notes: While our moms-to-be were impressed with Mumsie’s affordability and effectiveness, the cream’s scent and feel didn’t stack up with its competitors.

Total Score: 47

Aden + Anais Stretch Mark Reducing Cream, $29.95

Pros: “The scent is light and fresh and it soaks into the skin quickly and smoothly.”

“The cream is also more lotion-like with high absorbency than a rich cream.”

“I have generally had great experiences with everything else that has come out of this brand.”

Cons: “Too watery/thin.”

Cliff Notes: With its light consistency, our testers scored Aden + Anais high on absorbency, but the pump packaging was not well received.

Total Score: 46

And our Best Pregnancy Stretch Mark Cream winner is….Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter!

When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

Studies have shown the top reason women stop breastfeeding within the first year is because they are concerned about their milk supply being enough to nourish baby. Consider MilkBliss Lactation Cookies to be your secret weapon. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. They also come in peanut butter and wild blueberry flavors.

$23

Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.

$20

Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.

$12.50

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.

$47

boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.

$25

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.

$59

Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.

$36

Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.

$99

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