Buddha Belly: A moisturizing belly mask for expectant moms

Snacking fifteen times a day? As your midsection stretches to places you never thought possible, make time to show your appreciation for your baby's temporary home by liberally applying this delicious moisturizing mask made of avocado, orange juice and molasses to your belly.

When you rinse clean after applying the mask, you'll also be gently exfoliating the skin, which can help minimize itching and stretch marks. While this mask looks and smells delicious, please don't be tempted to taste it, as it contains essential oil.

2 ounces avocado
1 ounce orange juice
2 teaspoons molasses
5 drops chamomile essential oil

Mash the avocado in a bowl, and then mix in the remaining ingredients. Add extra orange juice if the mixture is too thick. Spread the mask over your belly and leave it on for at least 30 minutes before using a warm washcloth to rinse off the mask.

For more spa secrets customized to your week of pregnancy, visit our Fit & Fab 40 Weeks pregnancy calendar!

Stacy Denney is the author of Spa Mama (Chronicle Books) and the owner of Barefoot & Pregnant, a maternity day spa in Marin County, California.

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