When I was just about to enter my second trimester and starting to show a baby bump, I went out and bought a $35 jar of Mama Mio Belly Rub Stretch Mark Butter from A Pea in the Pod because I heard that Kate Middleton was using this cream and I was adamant on avoiding stretch marks (it is so obviously my first pregnancy, right?) Ironically, that same day, I got the Mama Bee Belly Balm as a gift from my sister.
Mama Bee Belly Balm:
I was drawn to the Mama Bee Belly Balm first because it is way creamier and not as thick as the Mama Mio Belly Rub. In the morning when I'm getting ready for work, I definitely want the easiest and fastest routine possible, and since this is less thick, it is easier to apply. It instantly leaves your skin heavily moisturized and silky, which I love. At first, it was strange to feel so much lotion on my skin not getting absorbed right away but this is how all of the belly butters are and you’ll appreciate it once you start growing. (It isn't as though you are dripping in excess lotion, your skin is just a little glossier than it normally would be.) Truthfully, I used this cream every day throughout my second trimester. I plowed through it faster than I’ve gone through any lotion I’ve ever owned because it was so soothing and it kept me from feeling itchy. Another perk is that it is fragrance-free.
Mama Mio Belly Rub:
I heard about this belly balm from Kandee Johnson originally, and then I read that many other celebrity mothers used it as well, including Kate Middleton and Jessica Alba. As a first-timer in pregnancy, I ran to this belly balm thinking it was the only way to avoid stretch marks. I’ve been using it heavily for the past two weeks (the first two weeks of my third trimester) and I do love it, but it really isn’t better than the Mama Bee. It is way thicker and you have to really rub it in (truthfully it isn’t as creamy and "buttery" as the label suggests), but your skin will stay moisturized up until your next shower or bath. This body butter smells a little minty, which I actually find to be a comfortable fragrance. I think this would be a great gift for someone who has just found out she is newly pregnant.
Both are equally as good, but the Mama Bee Belly Balm is $15 cheaper and works just as well as the Mama Mio Tummy Rub! The Mama Bee Belly Balm is more of a staple product I think every pregnant gal should own, whereas the Mama Mio Cream is more of a gift item and best used during the third trimester, since there is the most stretching happening.