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Stretch Marks During Pregnancy Causes Concerns and Cure

Stretch Marks During Pregnancy Causes Concerns and Cure

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As your pregnancy progresses and the foetus grows in size, your belly also begins to grow in size, putting a lot of pressure on your skin, specially around the belly and the nearby portions. As a result, the skin begins to stretch at a rapid rate and in the process, develops marks where the skin has been stretched.

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Stretch marks develop during third trimester.

Usually mothers tend to develop these stretch marks (also called straie) in their third trimester. However, there have been cases when a mother starts to develop them in the beginning of pregnancy. This may be due to unusual and rapid weight gain.

Stretch marks appear at multiple places. Mothers tend to get them on their breasts, thighs, hips, abdomen, arms, around the belly button, buttocks, and back. Initially they may be red, but as the redness fades, they may turn white.

Time for Fading. Usually, after the pregnancy, these lines become lighter and fade so that they are not noticeable. sometimes they may stay on your body for longer periods, even up to 5 or 6 years after pregnancy.

The pressure of the body on your skin causes the marks.

The human skin is quite elastic and can stretch to a large extent. But for expecting mothers the changes in the body size are too vast to resist stretching beyond a certain point. When you get pregnant you gain weight and your belly grows. More so, if it is a case of multiple pregnancy. Carrying a larger baby inside you may also be the reason.

Simple measures can keep it at bay.

Prevention is better than cure. Why wait for these marks to fade (there is actually no full proof remedy) when you can avoid it altogether? Here are some simple tips:

Keep your weight under watch: The practice is to use creams and lotions to keep the skin soft. However, the real trick is to keep your weight gain under the prescribed range so that it prevents your skin from stretching too much.

Keep your diet under control. The best way to keep your weight under watch is to follow a healthy and balanced diet that keeps your weight gain within the recommended range and increases it at a regular rate instead of a rapid growth. This gives your skin enough time to adapt to the increasing size of the belly. Also select your diet well. Food items like nuts and oilseeds, oats, wheat germ and whole grains, milk, differently coloured fruits and vegetables, carrots, eggs etc. contain zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E should be included in your diet. These help to improve the skin’s elasticity and health.

Keep yourself well hydrated. To retain a healthy skin, keep it well moisturized from the very day you plan to get pregnant. Continue this process during your pregnancy and well after the delivery.

Moisturizers and creams retain skin elasticity. These keep your skin supple and elastic. You can use stretch marks prevention creams for your lower abdomen area. These nourishing lotions, oil or creams contain ingredients such as vitamin E, vitamin A, cocoa butter, wheat germ oil and lanolin which enhance the strength and elasticity of the skin.

Using a body brush increases blood circulation. While having bath, gently scrub or massage your body with a body brush. This increases blood circulation in the area, which may also help in preventing the stretch marks.

Walk along. Going for a walk or performing some mild exercises is good for your skin, as it increases the blood circulation which prevents the stretch marks.

Household remedies. Certain simple household remedies can do wonders. For instance:

Cocoa butter. Rubbing it over the body after a warm shower helps it to permeate deep into the skin and work effectively to prevent the stretch marks.

Massages. Massaging with warm olive oil, lavender oil, almond oil, flaxseed oil, or aloevera can also be good for your skin.

Stretch marks are harmless nuances of pregnancy. The occurrence of stretch marks truly depends on the elasticity of your skin which, in turn, depends on your genes. Keep a watch over your weight and keep yourself hydrated to retain your skin tone during pregnancy. Follow these practices after pregnancy as well and you are going to be on the right track soon enough.

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