Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are caused by the stretching of the skin due to the growing baby in your body. Learn about what you can do to help prevent or minimize 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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Great info. Thanks!



my stretch marks 07 d I would never get rid of them my son is only 3 months old yeah I feel I will have them forever I have tried everything

stretchmark from cincher

pao 2/5/2016

i started having it when i got itchy wearing a cincher


Devonn 2/5/2016

I got stretch marks on my sides but not my belly


minmin 2/4/2016

it appeared on the due day of my baby.

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