While pregnancy stretch marks are almost unavoidable, they are manageable with the right care
Congratulations! You will either soon be hearing the pitter-patter of little feet, or you have already been blessed with a new bundle of joy. And even though this is one of the most exciting experiences of your life—and even though everyone, of course, is present to support you; your friends have warned from the beginning of the journey that life will never be the same. And, in a sense, they are definitely right. There are many changes to come, including your schedule, your sleep time, and your body–and as your little baby grows, you’ll realize it’s all worth it.
One aspect of pregnancy that more than half of all expecting women experience is stretch marks. Along with changing dirty diapers and feedings in the wee hours, stretch marks are simply part of having a baby that isn’t always the most ideal. And while we can huff and puff and refuse to accept the idea of stretch marks, it’s important to understand what they are and what you can do about them.
What causes stretch marks?
Stretch marks typically occur between 13 and 21 weeks of pregnancy as your skin begins to stretch (although some women may start seeing them earlier or later). According to the American Pregnancy Association, as your skin adapts to continuous movement by expanding and contracting, it doesn’t have time to adjust. The result? Tiny tears in the supporting layers of tissue that appear as pink, red, or purplish streaks.
Where do stretch marks occur?
The two areas that grow the most during pregnancy are your belly and your breasts. As you quickly gain pregnancy weight, however, stretch marks can appear on your thighs, buttocks, and upper arms. The good news is that while stretch marks appear vividly in color during pregnancy, they tend to gradually fade to white or gray following pregnancy.
How can I prevent stretch marks?
Hmmm. That’s the million dollar question. Unfortunately, there is no sure-fire way to prevent those pesky marks. What you can do, however, is take steps to take care of your skin as it stretches:
Watch your pregnancy diet: While it’s true you’re eating for two, stretch marks occur when your skin stretches quickly, so to slow the stretch, watch your diet and add your pounds slowly instead of in big bounds.
Keep it moist: Your skin is thirsty, so keep it moisturized daily with a rich lotion or cream. It will make your skin feel better, appear smoother, and help with the itchiness you are bound to experience as your belly continues to expand.
Keep the faith: Yes, your life will be very different, but stretch marks don’t have to be a part of it. Focus on your new baby and your new role as a mother, and rest assured there are treatments available to help reduce the appearance of your new stretch marks.
Use premium products: Be kind to your skin! Now, your stretch marks don’t have to be the deciding factor of whether or not you feel comfortable in a pair of short (side note—you should always feel comfortable in your own skin!). Mederma’s Stretch Marks Therapy locks in moisture to help prevent stretch marks before they happen. Plus, Mederma is even safe for use DURING pregnancy. It’s the perfect, completely safe solution with amazing results!
What can I do to encourage my stretch marks to fade?
It is possible that your stretch marks may fade to faint, barely visible lines on your skin. On the other hand, some stretch marks may be a bit more stubborn and remain visible. But have no fear, we are Exclusive Beauty Club and we are here! We are your one-stop guide to everything beauty and radiant skin. It’s no longer time to fear the stretchmark.
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