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Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Pregnancy Stretch Marks

"Stretch marks" are striations or streaky indentations in the skin that have a pink or reddish/purple color. The medical term is "striae gravidarum," which is Latin for stripes of pregnancy. They occur in about 90 percent of all pregnancies because of the stretching of the skin caused by the mother's weight gain and the growing baby and uterus.

These marks are most likely to appear on your breasts, abdomen, or thighs, particularly if you have fair skin or gain weight rapidly. After the pregnancy is over, they will gradually fade to a silver color but will never totally disappear.

There are several things you can do to minimize them:

  • Keep your weight gain at a moderate amount (25 to 30 pounds), and try to gain it gradually over the course of the pregnancy.
  • Eat a healthy diet and drink lots of water.
  • Exercise regularly to promote circulation and strengthen supporting muscles.
  • Wear a well-fitting, supportive bra.
  • Apply creams or lotions to help with dryness or itching of your skin. However, these products will likely not prevent or alter stretch marks.

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Pregnancy and stretch marks

Mimi 4/13/2016
First of those are marks of a beautiful experience! Unfortunately, I didn't get any with either of my last two cause my first I only gain 8 pounds, and the 2nd wasn't much more but I kept cocoa butter and mothers friend and any lotion to keep my body and skin well lotion ed and hydrated! I drank plenty of water and didn't expose much to the sun. I personally don't think stretch marks are ugly, it's a mark of beauty!

wear them with pride

DeltaMarie 4/4/2016
My husband still loves me and they remind us of our beautiful baby boy

Wear them with pride

3/25/2016
My stretch marks will remind me of the beautiful blessing of having a child and I will wear them with pride.

Preparation

3/22/2016
This would have been helpful for my first pregnancy, but I will definitely put these strategies to use!

Not preventable

karen 3/20/2016
The severity and onset varies with each person. During the first five months I thought I was lucky not to have any stretch marks. Then a small mark started showing on my hips, later progressed to both underside of my belly, then to all lower part of my belly. Doesn't itch, just not pretty to look at. I used oil, lotion, and cream twice a day too. But it still showed up. I'm not crazy about the stretch marks, but also not obsessed over it since a positive came out of this pregnancy...my baby.
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