Stretch Marks and Pregnancy


Although women are considered to be in the full glow of womanhood in pregnancy, this defining point in women may also come with physical changes that may leave little to be desired after the baby comes out. Added weight, double chins, flabs here and there are some of the most common pregnancy reminders. Another physical remembrance of bearing a child are stretch marks.

Stretch marks are the results of tearing of the collagen as well as some blood vessel dilation in the skin. These are caused by the added weight women get because of a growing baby and are usually found in the lower belly, inner thighs, arms and breasts. These marks are actually scars and are thus permanent.

What Causes Stretch Marks?


About 50 to 90 percent of pregnant women get stretch marks. Primarily, heredity determines whether you will get them or not. If you have a family history of women who get these marks whether during puberty (or perhaps you yourself did) weight gain or pregnancy, then chancers are you are getting them as well.

stretchmarksremovalSevere weight gain during pregnancy also increases the probability of developing them. Although women normally gain weight to up to 20 pounds during pregnancy, some women gain much more extra weight. This why obstetricians regularly monitor weight gain during pre-natal visits. Excessive weight gain is bad not just because of stretchmark but for a whole lot of other reasons as well. Bad nutrition which leads to unhealthy skin also contributes to their appearance.

Preventing Stretch Marks


How then can women prevent these marks from showing up at all? Despite what the ads for some products might promise, there is no magical cream or ointment that will completely prevent you from getting stretch marks. It is however, always a good idea to keep your skin moisturized since lathering up your skin may help it stretch better.

Also, women should always remember that healthy skin stretches better so good nutrition with plenty of fluids must be maintained during pregnancy. Exercise also helps skin adjust better to growing baby in your womb and prevent more skin tears.

Stretch marks also show up in your breasts because these grow a few sizes to accommodate the milk for the baby. It may help to use a well supporting bra so it doesn’t get sagged down by the extra weight.

Stretch marks will be itchy when they initially appear and even though you might tempted to scratch them, don’t. They may lead to bleeding and a worsening of the marks. Instead, find or consult your doctors about creams that may help get rid of the itchiness.

Getting Rid of Stretch Marks: Stretch Mark Removal


Stretch marks will look red or purple at their early stages (since in some cases the tears have caused bleeding in the tissue) which will gradually turn lighter: white or silvery. For some women, their marks may already appear silvery in the beginning. There are creams that can be applied to lessen the appearance of stretch marks.

It is vital that proper timing is followed in treating stretch marks. Make sure that you apply these topical treatments at the onset of their appearance: when they are reddish or purplish since they are easier to treat then.

Maintaining a healthy diet and a toned body can always help lessen the indentations in the marks. Make sure you develop a good exercise routine as soon as is it is safe to dos o after pregnancy.

Other procedures such as laser technology and even surgery are also available to either reduce the appearance of stretch marks or get rid of them altogether. Make sure you consult with your doctor with what is the best option for you.