Stretch marks -- can't live with 'em, and unfortunately, most of us can't live without 'em either. These are often a natural part of pregnancy, but there are ways to minimize their appearance. The key to avoiding these purplish marks is elasticity. Though none of these remedies can completely prevent stretch marks, they can decrease their intensity and provide some wonderful aromatherapy in the meantime!
Aside from staying hydrated and well nourished, some mamas swear by natural products like cocoa butter or almond oil (both of which smell divine). These are great for moisturizing your skin throughout your pregnancy and, as the Hip Chick Pregnancy Guide points out, it's a wonderful way to give your baby a light massage as you rub it into your belly.