You are deep into 3 months with that little one inside. You are experiencing a mix of different feelings: excitement, anxiousness. Amid all these feelings, there is another one lurking inside the mind: “I am afraid I am going to get stretch marks. Can it be prevented?”. Though not likable for the eyes, you can hardly escape that when you’re expecting. Most women develop these pink or reddish (or purplish) marks on their breasts, hips, abdomen sometime during their pregnancy.
Stretch marks happen when your body grows faster than your skin can keep up with. This causes the elastic fibers just under the surface of the skin to break, resulting in stretch marks.
According to experts, you gain about 30 pounds during the 9 months you are pregnant. Growing that much and fast can leave you with stretch marks, especially on your belly and breasts, two areas that grow the most. Stretch marks can also show up on the thighs, buttocks, and upper arms. The marks often start reddish or purple, but after pregnancy, they gradually fade to white or gray.
When it comes to stretch marks, how quickly you gain may be as important as how much you gain.
Unfortunately not. Don’t be fooled by some magic cream or gel. Yes, with care and application of specific products you may minimize their appearance.
Moisture is one of the most important components of a healthy skincare routine. It keeps your skin smooth and bright, helps maintain your skin’s protective outer layer, and preserves skin elasticity. As a bonus, it helps heal stretch marks, too. Though no stretch mark cream is a miracle cure, moisturizing daily with them will help with the dryness and itchy skin associated with pregnancy. However, choose your skincare products carefully when you’re still breastfeeding. Some moisturizers contain ingredients that may find their way into your breast milk. The effect of these ingredients on newborns is unknown, so it’s best to avoid using these skincare products altogether.
While some stretch marks naturally fade to faint, silvery lines, others remain darker and showier. The best time to treat the marks is while they're still in that reddish stage. Gels made with a mix of onion extract and hyaluronic acid may help. In one study, people using the gel said their marks faded after 12 weeks of daily use.
A great way to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy is to keep your skin hydrated. You’re likely used to doing that with your face and neck, but you may have to start hydrating other parts of your body as well. You can use a Moisturising Balm deemed to be safe for pregnant women to hydrate different body parts.
Light exercise, such as walking and yoga whatever prescribed by your doctor, can strengthen the muscles of your hips, thighs, and belly (the areas where stretch marks most often appear). Strengthening those muscles helps to tighten loose, stretch-marked skin and promotes faster healing.