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What is one thing you’ve learned about yourself throughout your pregnancy journey thus far?
Gabi Torres: One thing I have learned through my pregnancy about myself is the magnitude of my strength. When being faced with challenges I have been able to muster up a strength in me that I didn't know existed. When you begin to take into account the being within, it makes you so much stronger.
You are a wise woman with many roles. As a Yoga Instructor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Art Therapist, and Writer, how do you foresee incorporating your newest role as a mother in your work?
GT: I studied to be a Marriage and Family Therapist and Art Therapist and originally worked with children for years on purpose. As a Cancer mama, I always knew I wanted to have children and family and I figured that all that I learned through those disciplines would only help me become a better mother. Yoga, in the way I practice and teach it, is for slowing down, centering and feeling at peace within self. All these skills I practice and teach not only help me as a mother but will help me teach my daughter some very valuable skills that can assist her in life.
"... Through my pregnancy, I have learned [about] the magnitude of my strength. When you begin to take into account the being within, it makes you so much stronger."
So we know you're a fan of our Stretch Mark Relief products. Which one of the three Stretch Mark Relief products is your favorite and why do you love it for your baby bump?
GT: I love to use the combination of the oil and the cream. I get weekly massages and my masseuse has been using it on my whole body as well. One thing I have loved most about the Matrescence products has been the smell and texture. Unique, earthy but also feminine, it has a distinct smell that I really began to crave at the end of the day. The Matrescence products have become a part of my daily ritual: I use the oil and butter on my entire body and belly to hydrate and I also then do some self-lymphatic massage with a tool on my legs to prevent water retention. I keep ordering these products because of the clean organic ingredients paired with luxurious textures, scents and presentation. It’s been a major go-to for me during this time!
Photos courtesy of Angelica Bourland.