Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

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The appearance of stretch marks during pregnancy is primarily caused by the stretching of skin around the abdominal area from the growth of the fetus. Many women also gain weight in the form of fat deposits, which expands their skin and contributes to stretch mark formation. Genetics, age, and the shape of your skin very much play a factor in the severity of stretch marks during pregnancy.

The last trimester of pregnancy is when most stretch marks occur, due to the rapid growth of the abdomen. It is very important to take preventative measure at this time in order to reduce the amount and severity of stretch marks.

Stretch marks appear pink and then transition to a red or purplish color before finally turning white. It is important to treat them at the early stages.

Are Stretch Marks Curable?

Stretch marks that arise during pregnancy are easier to treat because you can anticipate when they may form and prepare your skin to help lessen their severity. Keeping your skin moisturized is the top priority when you anticipate stretch marks during pregnancy. Moisturizing daily is the best way to prevent stretch mark from occurring and to lessen the severity of those that do appear. Moisturizing your skin locks in skin hydration. Skin that is hydrated is more elastic, allowing it to stretch more and eventually expand without ripping and creating stretch marks.

How to Prevent Stretch Marks

To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy, it is recommended to:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin C and E
  • Do not wear tight clothing to encourage blood circulation
  • Wear appropriate underwear that helps hold the tummy and support the breasts
  • Do not gain more than 30lbs during pregnancy
  • Use a moisturizer daily to keep the skin properly hydrated
  • Massage your skin to increase blood flow
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