Stretch marks are caused by your skin stretching as you put on weight during pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones also soften the fibers in your skin, making stretch marks more likely. This is a problem most pregnant women have to face.
You are more likely to develop stretch marks if you’re a young mom, you put on a lot of weight and expect more than one baby. If members of your family also have stretch marks or if you had stretch marks before pregnancy, then you stand a higher chance of developing stretch marks.
While there’s no way to prevent stretch marks (there are also no products on the market that can stop them happening, despite manufacturers’ claims) there are a couple of remedies that will work wonders on those pesky stretch marks.
Stretch marks are permanent. In the months following your baby’s birth, they will probably become paler than they were while you were pregnant. How they look in the longer term will depend on your skin colour, but they will become less noticeable.
You should see the changes in your body as an emblem of what they’ve achieved by carrying and giving birth to a baby. Hopefully, tapping in to these feelings will help you to be less troubled by any stretch marks that do develop.
But if you’re still not able to get your mind off of it, PregaNews has searched high and low for the best treatments for getting rid of stretch marks and present to you:
Massaging your abdomen area, belly, thighs, and chest with oils will help your skin to become smooth and you can see the desired results of reduced stretch marks. Some of the popular oils to be used for this purpose are olive oil, vitamin E oil, essential oil massage and castor oil.
This popular herb is a very popular natural way to diminish stretch marks. Apply aloe vera gel on the stretch marks. You get the gel from the market or you use fresh aloe vera. Squeeze out the gel from a fresh plant and apply it over the affected areas daily. It promotes healing and soothes your skin.
A sugar scrub is another amazingly effective remedy for stretch marks. Mix 1 tablespoons of sugar with a few drops of lemon juice and a small amount of almond oil. Apply this mixture on your stretch marks. This scrub exfoliates your dead skin. Do this every day before take your bath and you’ll be amazed by the results.
Eggs are a rich source of protein and the protein in egg whites rejuvenate your skin. Try applying whites on the stretch marks on a regular basis and see how the marks fade away.
Pregnancy is a beautiful time for every woman but the after effects that it has on your body and the toll that it takes can often lead to a lot of stress. Follow these easily available treatments and stop worrying about the stretch marks.
Other ways you can prevent stretch marks are lifestyle changes you can make. Try not to put on too much weight in pregnancy. Eat a healthy, balanced diet, which includes plenty of fruit and vegetables.
Cut out high-fat or processed foods that contain additives, salt and preservatives. These make you more likely to retain fluid, leading to swelling. Also, aim to drink at least 1.5 liters of water a day to keep your skin supple and well hydrated.