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Pregnancy and Stretch Marks

Updated on July 13, 2013

Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, there is a huge chance that you will get stretch marks during and after your pregnancy. Many pregnant women get them at some point during pregnancy. Since your stomach increases so big and so fast along with other areas of your body, this causes the skin to stretch and scar leaving stretch marks.

There are ways to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. The sooner you treat them, the better the outcome after your pregnancy. Stretch marks are ugly and can have an impact on showing off your skin and sometimes lower your confidence.

So it's best to prevent stretch marks during and after pregnancy that way your skin can look a lot better. No one wants to deal with stretch marks when they can do something to try and prevent them.

How to Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, you need to take preventive measures to make sure that stretch marks don't get too severe. You may not be able to stop your skin from stretching but their are some things you can do to try and prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.

Try not to gain too much weight - Your doctor will probably tell you that the recommended weight gain during pregnancy is 25-35 pounds. Eat a proper diet and get your nutrients. Gaining more weight than recommended will most likely increase your chances of getting stretch marks.

Drink Plenty of Water - This keeps the skin hydrated and improves elasticity.

Massage Suspecting Areas - You can also massage the areas that you think stretch marks might appear. This circulates the blood in those areas supposedly helping reduce the chances of getting them. This method works by combining the massaging with a lotion or cream (no chemicals).

Pregnancy Stretch Mark Creams - There are several stretch mark creams out there especially for pregnancy that you can use on a daily basis during pregnancy.

Studies show that there really isn't any way how to prevent stretch marks. But many women have had plenty of success just by following the above tips. As long as you act prior to getting stretch marks, you might be able to avoid getting them. They are easy to get but can be hard to get rid of.


Cocoa Butter - Pregnancy - Stretch Marks

During my pregnancy, I was told to use cocoa butter. Using cocoa butter to prevent stretch marks has been a method that has been around for quite some time. Did it work for me? Well lets say I didn't listen. I tried it for a few days but I eventually just gave up with the idea of preventing them.

But if you can stick with it, you might see some results. Not everyone's skin is the same. So cocoa butter may have worked for some but not others. Those who use it twice a day during pregnancy will have a chance to stop the stretch marks from coming. It doesn't mean that it will though.

Cocoa butter has been used by many because it is affordable and it penetrates deep down in the skin moisturizing and improving the skin. For pregnant women, applying cocoa butter to areas that might be affected can help somewhat prevent stretch marks.

It's not scientifically proven but there are many women who have reported having little to no stretch marks during pregnancy after using cocoa butter such as Palmers.

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