No matter what anyone tells you – it’s a normal effect.
As your body changes to accommodate your growing baby, you may notice stretch marks appearing. Stretch marks are caused by the changes in the elastic supportive tissues that lies beneath the skin. Most often appears on the abdomen area during the later stages of pregnancy as your belly expands to a maximum capacity to accommodate your growing baby. Some women also get them on their buttocks, thighs and hips.
Though there are no clinical evidence that vitamin E cream, cocoa butter, aloe vera lotion or olive oil etc. are actually effective in helping prevent these marks, they are great natural ways in preventing & relieving the itch that may occur when the skin stretches, & helps keep your pregnancy stressed-skin stays moist & hydrated.
Consider a change in your diet
Another good way to combat these marks is with a vitamins-rich & mineral-rich diet. Pregnant women need vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc & essential fatty acids, which will help to support skin’s integrity during pregnancy. Meat, fish & poultry contains good source of dietary zinc, while oily fish, kale, spinach and salad greens are rich in essential fatty acids.
Eating sensibly to avoid gaining too much weight (in most cases about 25-35 pounds) and gain it slowly over time, is also thought to reduce the risk of stretch marks.
Spend more time outdoors
Sunlight is the best natural source of vitamin D. Catch some natural vitamin D while taking your early morning walk in the garden but do remember to lube on sunblock to protect against skin pigmentation.
Though you won’t be able to banish stretch marks altogether, they will be less noticeable about 6 to 12 months after childbirth. As pigmentation fades, they generally become lighter than the surrounding skin.
Be wary of ingredients in skincare products
Avoid over the counter topical creams as most of them contains Retin-A, which is not safe for the baby if you are breastfeeding. Do read product labels carefully before purchase. Should the marks still bother you after pregnancy, it’s best to speak to a dermatologist. Always seek professional medical advice of your doctor in connection with any questions and issues you may have. All content here should be considered as a reference and opinion only.
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