How to Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks?

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New baby, new body, new life… as simple as that. Becoming a mom is a very exciting and joyful time that is full of confusion too, leaving you with an immense list of questions and one pretty common is: how to prevent pregnancy stretch marks?

To tell you the truth… there is no cream, oil or magic trick to prevent pregnancy stretch marks…. sorry. Having that much marks on your belly and breasts has to do with how much you gain and how quickly you gain it. However, there are some skin products that could help your skin feel smoother and make them fade a little.

These little war scars… to be a little romantically poetic… happen when your body grows faster than your skin can make room for it. The elastic fibers that are under the skin break resulting in pink or purple marks at first and then fading to gray or white. They often make an appearance on your belly and breast but could also peak on your upper arms, buttocks and thighs.

According to experts from the School of Medicine in Tulane University it is best to slowly gain the pregnancy weight -from 25 to 35 pounds- in a steady and slow period rather than a quick burst of weight. Gaining 2.2 lbs per month is the norm on any pregnancy, unless you are expecting two or more babies.

Another piece of data to consider is genetics. If your mother got stretch marks, it is very likely that you will too. In fact the American Academy of Dermatology says that  around  90% of women get pregnancy stretch marks.

What you could do to prevent them from being too obvious is using oils and creams rich in vitamin E, such as Avocado oil, safflower oil, sweet almond oil or olive oil. Applying straight vitamin E oil could cause contact dermatitis so it might be best to choose one of the previous. These natural oils are an effective moisture barrier or seal for your skin and using them with a moisturizing cream or lotion butter provides a better protection and smooth sensation. Apply the oil before bed and cream after your shower.

Also, when you get an itchy belly -sign of a growth spurt and usual cause of stretch marks- having a moisturizing cream or natural oil helps lessen the scratching sensation. Another plus is that these oils are also great for massages, which is a great opportunity to ask your partner to massage your lower back that is the constant sore zone during this precious time.

Of course there is high tech dermatology treatments that can be done after your pregnancy to fade and eliminate these marks. Some of these therapies can be expensive and are advertised as successful. Nevertheless it is important to consult with a specialist before undergoing any procedure.

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