What Can I Do About Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks can occur on the bodies of both women and men and aren’t just the result of pregnancy. For those who are unsure what they look like, stretch marks are narrow pink or purplish streaks or lines that may appear on the skin during pregnancy, weight gain or loss or after a growth spurt in adolescents. When they are the result of pregnancy they don’t always disappear after childbirth but they should become less noticeable. It’s good to remember that stretch marks aren’t harmful and don’t cause any medical problems.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
They show up in other circumstances but during pregnancy your hormones can soften the fibers of your skin, resulting in a loss of elasticity and creating stretch marks. You may get stretch marks on your stomach as your baby’s growth causes your skin to stretch and you may also develop them on your thighs and breasts as they get bigger. How it happens will be different for everyone but one of the first signs may be some itching.
Are Stretch Marks Preventable?
Stretch marks affect about 8 out of 10 pregnant women and aren’t always preventable, especially during pregnancy. If your weight gain is more than average in pregnancy, or you don’t have very stretchy skin to start with, you are more likely to get stretch marks. Every pregnant woman gains weight differently and there are no official guidelines so you should talk with your doctor about what to expect for a healthy level of weight gain.
Gaining weight slowly and steadily during your pregnancy can help reduce the effect of stretch marks. Though some women feel self-conscious about their stretch marks, you should never try to lose weight while pregnant, this is not healthy for you or your baby.
How Do You Treat Stretch Marks?
There are a few options for treating and managing stretch marks. You can try:
- Using creams, gels, oils or lotions which should be applied when your stretch marks are still red or purple, and massaging the products into the skin will help
- Laser therapy
Even if your stretch marks don’t go away completely after your baby is born, they should gradually fade from a pink or purplish colour to white and become much less noticeable. Prenatal Ease offers some great solutions for treating stretch marks during and after pregnancy, including their Hydrating Lotion, Ultimate Oil, or Ultra Nourishing Cream.
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