Stretch Marks don’t have to be a part of Pregnancy!

Posted by Liza Elliott-Ramirez December - 10 - 2014
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Stretch marks don’t have to be an inevitable part of pregnancy! As dreaded as they are, yes you are likely to gain some stretch marks when you become pregnant, but the control is not out of your hands! While stretch marks are largely genetic, and sometimes they will occur no matter what, make sure you are taking all necessary precautions to reduce the amount of stretch marks you get over the next few months!

Stretch Marks during Pregnancy

Eat Well For You’re growing baby bump

You already know that you should be eating super healthy during your pregnancy, but did you know that certain foods can help you prevent stretch marks? Certain foods can actually help improve your skin’s elasticity, helping you fight off stretch marks. Make sure you are getting plenty of the following foods into your diet. Include fresh fruits and veggies such as berries and spinach, foods that are high in Vitamin E like nut, seeds, and avocado. Foods containing Vitamin A like mangos, carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash, along with foods with omega 3s such as fish, fish oil, walnuts, eggs, and oysters.

 Gain Pregnancy Weight Gradually

One of the major reasons that women get stretch marks during pregnancy is because of the sudden weight gain. Of course, you should be gaining a healthy amount of weight, but make sure this weight is coming on the right way. With your healthy diet and growing baby, the weight should be gained pretty naturally. Try to avoid speeding up the process by “eating for two”. Many women think that they should be consciously doubling their food intake, but this way of thinking can sabotage your skin. Pregnancy diet should be enough for you and your baby. Eat normally so you are full, but not stuffed. Don’t be afraid to give into cravings, but do so in moderation. Have that scoop of ice cream, but don’t finish off the whole pint! By overeating, you will gain more weight than you need to, and too quickly, which will guarantee stretch marks.

 Do the Right Prenatal Exercises

You should be exercising in moderation during your pregnancy and most of these pregnancy safe exercises will help ward off stretch marks. Just make sure you are opting for low-impact activities that are easy on your skin and joints. Simple movements like walking, yoga, and Pilates will help you stay in shape without being too harsh on your pregnant body.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate-

During Pregnancy, this is the easiest thing that you can do which will do wonders for your skin. Water keeps your skin plump, helping it bounce back from the stress of stretching. In fact, it may enhance your pregnancy glow! Make sure you are getting in eight glasses of water a day. If this seems like a hassle so you can get your water fix without having to count bottles!  Herbal teas and watery fruits are a great way of getting your hydration fix.

Moisturize-

Start moisturizing plentifully and regularly before you even see any signs of stretch marks. The hydration added in your skin, will help skin elasticity and can prevent stretch marks from happening. In fact, increasing skin hydration during pregnancy may increase the chance of  a quick post pregnancy bounce back. Your regular body moisturizer should do the trick, but many women also swear by butters and oils such as cocoa butter, avocado oil, coconut oil, almond oil, and shea butter.

Exfoliate

Adopt a skin care regimen that will effectively reduce and prevent stretch marks. Dry brushing is a great way to exfoliate. Before you shower, gently brush your skin in circular motions with a body brush. Avoid using any harsh chemicals on your skin, and of course moisturize every morning and night! Be sure to always wear sunscreen when your skin is going to be exposed to the sun. If you do notice some stretch marks after your pregnancy, topical glycolic acid and retinoids do wonders. If these still don’t help, see your dermatologist about laser treatments to remove the marks. Remember, these options are only for after you have given birth. They can be harmful while you are still pregnant and not recommended. Always check with your physician to guarantee what’s right for you.

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  1. Michelle F. says:

    Great tips. I followed most of them (especially hydrating and moisturizing) and was able to successfully get through 9 months without any stretch marks!