Pregnancy and child birth is a life changing experience, during pregnancy you will experience plenty of bodily changes that will mostly go away after child birth and as time goes by, but one change that can happen to your body as a result of pregnancy and not go away after time is stretch marks. Almost 85 to 90 of women get stretch marks around the seventh and eighth month of their pregnancy, some women even take stretch marks as a significant fact in having a child just like diapers and feeding. Here’s all you need to know about stretch marks.
Women who were on an ideal weight when they got pregnant are most likely to get more stretch marks than those who were already overweight.
What Is Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks happen when your body grow at a very fast pace faster than what the skin can cope with, this sudden quick growth causes the elastic fibers just beneath the surface layer of your skin to break causing the appearance of stretch marks.
You put on about 15 kg in only nine months which trigger stretch marks that usually appear on the stomach and the breasts which are the most growing parts during pregnancy, stretch marks can also appear on the buttocks, thighs and upper arms. They usually start off reddish or purple then with time they fade to a shade that is slightly different to the original skin color. It is important to know that when it comes to stretch marks, gaining the weight so quickly is a stronger culprit to their appearance than the amount of weight you gained.
Who Gets Stretch Marks?
Usually women who are already overweight don’t tend to get that much stretch marks during their pregnancy if compared to women who are skinny in nature, also genes play a role, if your mother got stretch marks then you are likely to get them too.
Women with dry skin have a stronger change to get stretch marks than those with oily skin.
Can You Prevent Stretch Marks?
Unfortunately there’s nothing that can prevent stretch marks, there’s no cream, lotion or product that can prevent the appearance of stretch marks if your skin is susceptible to forming them and if you find any product claiming that it can prevent stretch marks then don’t believe it.
However, it is always a good idea to maintain your skin deeply nourished and moisturized with a rich moisturizer, regular moisturizing can reduce the Itchiness and discomfort that can happen as your stomach grows and reduce the chance of getting stretch marks. Also make sure to stay hydrated, being well-hydrated during your pregnancy will ensure proper skin elasticity which in a way can reduce the chance to get stretch marks.
Stretch Marks Can Fade.
While there’s no way to prevent stretch marks in the first place, there is a couple of useful ways to fade them to a very near color to the skin color so they are not so showy.
People found that using gels made with onion extract and hyaluronic acid helped to fade the stretch marks in as short as twelve weeks of daily usage.
Another option is retinoid that your doctor may prescribed, it helps to promote repairing of the damaged cells and the production of collagen leading to more youthful and plumper skin.
Laser sessions can also help to fade stretch marks by heating the skin causing collagen to get boosted within the skin cells and closing dilate blood vessels at the same time, however you may need several session to see an improvement.