How to Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

Bayo Ajibola

How to Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy.Pregnancy comes with a host of changes to a woman’s body; most of which remain after childbirth. Stretch marks are such a change that haunts most women even before getting pregnant. This leads to women endlessly applying oils and creams on their belly, bottom, breasts and thighs throughout the pregnancy in the hopes of retaining a smooth skin.

How to Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

Some might work on some women by minimizing the intensity of the stretch marks while others aren’t so lucky. Don’t blame the oils and creams if they don’t work on you, it’s got everything to do with your genes.If your mother, sister or aunt got them during their pregnancy, chances are you will get them too.

Massaging the oils, lotions and creams over the susceptible areas however shouldn’t be dismissed. It might not entirely prevent or fade the stretch makes post birth but it ensures that the skin is well moisturized and supple. For this you do not need to dent your finances by buying expensive skin products, a good body cream with cocoa butter orshea butter works fine.

Consult your doctor

When trying out a new cream, always consult your doctor first to get the green light. This is because some creams containingredients like tretinoin or retin-A that can be harmful to the baby during the pregnancy and breastfeeding. Most doctors prescribe such creams only when they are sure you are on contraceptives to prevent pregnancy.How to Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

Exercising your body is another way to help you feel better after birth. For starters, you want to consult with your physician before signing up with your local gym. This is because some women have an easy pregnancy and birth while others have a harder experience. For instance, if there was a complication in labor or even had a caesarean; it might take longer for you to take up physically exerting exercises.

Such women can result to taking short walks with the baby while doing simple stretches and pelvic floor musclesstrengthening. The walks can get longer and speedier when your strength is fully returned and you feel are up to the task.

You will soon notice that your body is toning up and the stretch marks are fading.  Over the months, your body will look betterimproving your health and overall well-being. For this to happen however, you need to be patient and realistic since the process is gradual and won’t happen overnight.

Other simple remedies that can help

The way you gain your weight also determines the amount and severity of stretch marks you will get. If you gain a whopping 20kgs at once, the rapid expansion of the skin results to severe ones unlike a gradual weight gain in short intervals. Therefore, watch your diet while pregnant to moderate your weight gain.

Incorporate nutrients like healthy proteins, zinc and vitamin A, C and E while avoiding excess caffeine to increase the skin’s elasticity. Hydrating your skin from the inside out also helps therefore drink loads of water and white or green teas which are rich in antioxidants.

Regularly massage your body with oils like olive, coconut and castor during pregnancy especially on the susceptible areas toincrease blood circulation.

Aloe vera gel is an herb that is loved by the beauty world for its rejuvenating qualities on the skin. If you can get it in its natural state the better, cut it then applythe gel to your stretch marks.

It will soothe the skin and promote healing, aloe vera gels can also be bought over the counter to get the same benefits. All the above suggestions will need patience and diligence for them to work.

Bayo Ajibola

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