During pregnancy, so many fears can creep up on a mama-to-be — including a fear of stretch marks. (OK, so it's not the most serious thing to worry about, as these things go. But that dread is real enough!) As an expectant mama myself, I've been watching my Instagram feed for tips from mothers who have been already been through this whole 40-week ordeal, and beauty tips for expectant ladies like moi are especially welcome.
The Real Housewives of Orange County alum Meghan King Edmonds — who's already the proud mommy to one-year-old Aspen and is currently pregnant with twins — has provided a slew of helpful product recommendations in the past few weeks. (Behold: the perfect baby carrier.) But when I saw that she had a sheet mask to help moisturize her growing belly, I knew I had to dig a little deeper.
As it turns out, Meghan's stretch-mark-blasting mask comes from HATCH Mama, a new collection that offers toxin-free products for women to slather on during and after pregnancy. Gather up a few goods from the collection, and a mama will have everything she needs for head-to-toe soothing during and after pregnancy. I should know: I've gotten hooked on each of these goods.
Scroll down to get the scoop on each of the products, as well as where-to-buy info.
Made with a blend of botanical oils that's rich in nutrients, this fast-absorbing product can tackle a few top pregnancy woes: it aims to reduce itching, calm inflammation, and even lessen visible signs of stretch marks. Plus, its packaging and millennial pink hue couldn't look any cuter on your bedside table.
Nipple + Lip
Perfect to tuck into your hospital bag, this handy product moisturizes lips and nipples with delicious ingredients like mango butter and pomegranate.
A fun fact about carrying a baby on board: your legs and feet can get tired and swollen. Don't worry: it will all be worth it when you meet your babe. And in the meantime, there's this cooling, soothing cream.
Strength + Shine
Sure, pregnancy can leave many mamas' hair thick and shiny. But afterwards, some hair may fall out. Hedge your bets with this luxe oil, which is packed with botanical extracts and lemon and grapefruit oils.
Pocket Spa Trio
Not all aromatherapy is considered safe during pregnancy, but these fragrances are developed using only one percent of the undiluted essential oil. The upshot: the oils are considered safe for mama and baby. They're also developed for sensitive noses, and have healing properties thought to renew, relax, and restore.
The Beauty For Beauty Tote
This cute wicker tote makes a perfect gift for Mother's Day (or for any expectant or new mom, holiday or not!). It has all the goodies listed above. Plus, the gift set comes with the Belly Mask that Meghan King Edmonds approves.
And by the way, there's also HATCH Collection fashion. Items include a handy hospital box that comes with comfy clothes to wear during labor, and some spiffy maternity gear to wear up till that point. Scroll down to shop some of our favorite pieces.
The Ruby Top
Roomy, flirty, and perfect for springtime — the fluttery sleeves look like butterfly wings! This top is a sweet pick-me-up for mamas to be.
The Slouch Jacket
Transitional weather begs for a light topper, but it can be hard to find a trench coat that fits in the later stages of pregnancy. Enter the Slouch Jacket, which toes the line between trench and cozy cocoon.
The Hatch-To-Hospital Box
A perfect gift for a woman who's anxiously awaiting labor, this box comes stocked with things to make her stay at the hospital more comfy. There's a pair of cashmere socks, a robe and slouchy t-shirt, and a spare pair of black undies. The convenience factor is huge: With this box, mama will have much of what she needs to head to the hospital, and it'll take some stress out of packing her bag.
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