How To Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks During
For most moms the thought of pregnancy means morning sickness,
sleepless nights, gaining weight and the ultimate insult... pregnancy stretch
stretch marks are basically scars that can form anywhere on the body when the skin is stretched quickly
and excessively. The reason for this is that the collagen in the skins deeper layers, breaks apart and tears
before the healing process begins and this results in the scar tissue you see as stretch marks.
Initially stretch marks tend to have a deep red or purple
colour and look like a fleck or streak in the skin. This is because the skin is stretched, making it more
transparent, giving the appearance of the small blood vessels that lie deep underneath more
Don't worry, over time, they'll fade to a silvery white colour, although this
may take up to 12 months to happen.
stretch marks often appear on the breasts as they enlarge in preparation for milk production and on the
stomach as it gets bigger with the growing baby.
hormones produced throughout pregnancy means that the skin becomes much softer meaning pregnancy
stretch marks can appear much easier.
Being pregnant also
leads to extra fat storage and this again stretches the skin in other areas which is why you may also notice
stretch marks on the bottom, hips, thighs and arms as well.
If you gain weight quickly during your pregnancy, you'll be at a much greater risk of suffering from them. When you
consider that rapid weight gain while pregnant is very common and almost unavoidable for a lot of women, it's
understandable why the statistics for pregnant women suffering from them are so high.
Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks
Once you've got stretch marks
they are permanent, because the skin has been damaged. However, after a few months they will fade and appear much
less noticeable as they reduce in size and lighten in colour.
It isn't easy
to prevent stretch marks from forming and there are no guarantees to avoid getting them, but here are a few
time tested tips you can use: -
As with many
aspects of health it's vitally important that you don't gain large amounts of weight quickly. Doing so is
almost certainly going to increase your chances of having them.
The following tips should be
considered whilst attempting to prevent pregnancy stretch marks. By
following these simple guidelines, you'll help to ensure that you've given your skin and the treatment you choose
the best chances of success.
- Drink at least 2
litres of water each day
- Keep your skin as healthy as possible by eating a balanced
- Try to do a little
gentle activity/exercise every day
- Use a moisturizer all over your body each day
- Supplementing with a pregnancy multi vitamin every
day can help to cover any deficiencies in your diet.
- Cut down on coffee and tea because of the
caffeine they contain, instead drink herbal or fruit teas or decaffeinated
- Apply a sunscreen when exposed going out in the sun
Creams and Lotions
To this day, there
are no conclusive studies that prove the application of a moisturising cream or lotion actually makes any
difference to the appearance or the reduction of pregnancy stretch marks.
women are convinced that the reason they didn’t suffer from them is because they applied some form of
moisturizing fluid to their skin.
If you decide to use creams or potions it's useful to bear in
mind that most skin care experts would agree that whether you use shop bought products, herbal supplements or
even medicines, that taking care of your body will help to maximize the effectiveness of whatever product you're
undeniable benefits to massaging your skin
everyday with a moisturizer or a massage glove as it will help to improve blood flow to the skin, which
encourages new cell growth.
Choose creams that contain vitamin E, vitamin A
or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHA’s contain plant extracts, but
always check that the product you plan on using is suitable for
Lots of women
use cocoa butter or olive oils and report excellent results but again no current studies have shown its
ability to either prevent stretch marks, or to reduce their appearance once a stretch mark has already
By far and away the most likely winner when it comes to stopping the blight of
pregnancy stretch marks is quite simply to take care of yourself. Don’t massively overeat, yes you will
need extra calories, but not thousands more a day.
moisturizing the areas that tend to be prone to suffering such as breasts, stomach and legs etc will also help, but
don't automatically think that an expensive cream will work miracles on your pregnancy stretch
marks because sometimes even the simplest of solutions works just as well. Olive oil is the choice of
many Mediterranean women who swear by its virtues.
Overall it seems
that the best ways to prevent pregnancy stretch marks from appearing is by simply taking care of yourself.
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