Vaseline, Cocoa and Shea Butters, and the Legacy for Black Skin

As if that is not sufficient, I am hotter than I’ve ever been in my total Black life — and I am from Texas. And so, recent from a cool, afternoon bathe, I lay bare on my mattress with the air conditioner on, crunching on tap-water ice, watching a Carry It! marathon on Lifetime, and rubbing Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Method on my seven-months-pregnant stomach.

Along with rebuking ashiness, cocoa butter is meant to maintain my pores and skin supple and assist scale back discoloration and stretch marks which will come as my physique shape-shifts and expands. Plus, it smells like chocolate. However, to be trustworthy, stretch marks are the very last thing I am frightened about. After a blessedly uneventful “geriatric” being pregnant on the age of 43, I’ve been advised that it’s totally probably I’ve a probably life-threatening situation that has fully modified my beginning plan. Delivering my little one in a personal beginning room with my husband and longtime OBGYN by my facet has now turn out to be a public supply within the hospital’s primary working room with 5 totally different groups of medical doctors and a number of other pints of blood readily available — simply in case. However, hey, they will not know for positive if I’ve the situation till they function, so my medical doctors inform me to remain off of Google and attempt to chill out.

Within the meantime, I binge-watch episodes of the Jackson, Mississippi, dance crew and their wild-card coach as they apply, compete, and stay their Black woman lives.

In red-and-silver, shimmery bodysuits (with fringe!) the Dancing Dolls do demise drops, buck right down to the ground, and whip their weaves. When the captain jumps right into a toe contact and lands in a cut up, my daughter, who’s already a world-class somer saulter, provides an encouraging kick in my stomach. I take this nudge as an affirmation, a reminder to remain within the current, and I rub cocoa butter within the place the place she punted me. I relaxation my palms there for a spell and let the warmth from my palms work like Reiki.

Container of palmer's cocoa butter formula on white background

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Method

Mama’s Pearl

Atlanta — September 2018

I kneel on the padded, blue whale bathtub mat, eye stage with my attractive child woman. I am smiling large and holding open the plushiest towel I can discover. My daughter steps wrinkle-toed out of the bathtub and throws her four-year-old physique into my arms, arms I cocoon round her, drying her off whereas she tippy-taps her toes fast-fast, laughing the chortle of a kid who’s blissful, protected, beloved. This little ritual is our favourite a part of bathtub time, identical to once I was a little bit woman, and I can not consider my luck.

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