Many women are upset to realize in the third trimester of pregnancy that they have stretch marks many places on their bodies. Some women get one or two, while others get multiple stretch marks on their abdomens, legs, back, buttocks, and breasts.
Its true as your skin stretches while you are pregnant, stretch marks may occur. Experts believe that your predisposition to stretch marks has more to do with genetics than the amount of weight you gain. And the truth is while they may appear purplish or red now – and maybe even itch like crazy – as your body shrinks back to normal, the appearance of the stretch marks will lessen.
While there are many products on the market that boast eliminating or removing stretch marks, doing so is actually tricky. One of the best things that you can do during pregnancy, is liberally apply natural oils or lotions on your body as you expand. Not only can this help the stretch marks, but it can also help diminish the itching and redness. There are several creams on the market specially designed for pregnant women. You can find them in the baby aisle or lotion aisle of most pharmacies or grocery stores. Ask some pregnant friends, family members or co-workers which cream they used. Chances are you will get multiple recommendations. Some women even use olive oil to gloss up their baby bumps!
It’s also important to drink plenty of water to help avoid stretch marks. Your skin is the body’s largest organ and as such, it needs lots of hydration from water to stay healthy. If you don’t drink enough water, your skin will suffer and excessive stretch marks can be the result.
Another important aspect of reducing stretch marks is eating a healthy diet. Your skin requires anti-oxidants, Vitamin E, Omega-3 fatty acids, and Vitamin A to stay in healthy shape. The best way to nourish your skin with the vitamins and minerals it needs is to eat a diet rich in these substances.
Believe it or not, another way to minimize stretch marks is to exercise during pregnancy. Exercise helps the skin maintain its elasticity which is critical in avoiding stretch marks. It can also keep you from gaining weight too quickly, which can result in stretch marks. And, its healthy for you and your baby.
At the end of your pregnancy, you shouldn’t worry too much about your stretch marks. Many women see them as their marks of courage, and are proud to have them, especially knowing that they came from the birth of their child. After you give birth, the stretch marks will fade into a silvery color and will not be as noticeable. And chances are everyone who loves you will only see you as more beautiful. So, be easy on yourself.
Written By Stef, Mom of 4 @Momspirational
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