Fighting Pregnancy Stretch Marks

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A good percentage of pregnant women develop stretch marks on their abdomen. Some even get stretch marks on their breasts, buttocks, thighs and upper arms. If your mother developed stretch marks you are likely to develop them too.

Stretch marks are a result of the body stretching further and further over a short time period as the pregnancy develops.

Some stretch marks may eventually look like scars and in time some of them may fade.

It is thought some people develop stretch marks because of the decrease in the amount of collagen in the skin during pregnancy.

There are a few things you can do to help reduce or slow down the development of the stretch marks.

Diet is important. There is no reason for you to eat for two. During pregnancy there will be times when your appetite increases. Be sure you are eating food that will nourish your body and the baby and not a lot of empty calories that will only cause weight gain.

For a woman who is at a healthy weight when she becomes pregnant it is normal to gain 25-35 pounds during the nine months of pregnancy. Try to gain your weight slowly and not in rapid spurts.

Try to include food containing vitamins C and E and zinc in your diet since they will help

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promote the growth of new tissue.

While pregnant it is especially important to keep your body well hydrated. Your skin needs the hydration for skin elasticity so try to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily.

Starting early in your pregnancy begin to massage your skin with moisturizers to improve circulation. Use creams which contain vitamin A or vitamin E or a cream with plant extracts like alpha hydroxy. Coconut oil lotion will help keep the abdomen moist.

After pregnancy, eventually your stretch marks may fade. However, some may remain dark.

You can consult your dermatologist who may prescribe retinoid which may help your skin. This can only be used after pregnancy and if you are not breast feeding.

Dermabrasion may help to renew the skin or you can try a number of laser treatments which might help the skin.

Most women simply accept their new skin including the stretch marks as a part of the process of becoming a new mother.