Stretch marks during pregnancy

Stretch marks

Stretch marks are one of the major concerns of pregnant women. Your body grows much faster than your skin does which is the reason behind getting stretch marks. Due to rapid expansion of your belly, the elastic supportive tissue lying beneath your skin also changes, thus, resulting in stretch marks.

According to doctors, you gain about 30 pounds during the period of 9 months of pregnancy. Gaining weight this fast can lead to causing stretch marks on your thighs, breast and upper arms. They often start off with reddish or purple colour but after pregnancy they become white or grey.  If you have a lighter skin tone your stretch marks are likely to appear in pinkish colour and if it’s dark then the marks will be of a lighter shade than your normal skin tone.

If you are getting extremely worried, then relax! There is nothing to worry about. It is a sign of healthy pregnancy. About 90% of women get stretch marks at some point after sixth or seventh month of their pregnancy. Sometimes, it could be genetic too. If your mother had them then you too are likely to have it.

However, to prevent stretch marks before it gets severe you can:

  • Eat a healthy diet including fruits, vegetables and cereals. They are nutritious enough to keep your skin healthy.
  • Exercise is another way of preventing stretch marks

A lot of women apply anti- stretch mark cream. Though there is no definite proof that any cream or oil can reduce or make the stretch marks disappear. There is still no harm in using it.

You can use these creams along with moisturizers or oils to keep your skin smooth. Taking good care of your skin at this point of time will make you feel good about your pregnancy, it will also help in the growth of new tissues in your body.

The good news is that the stretch marks will lighten within 6-12 months of childbirth. Maintaining the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy may reduce your chance of getting stretch marks.


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