Four Ways To Avoid Stretch Marks During Pregnancy
There are thousands of women who want to know how to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy. Why? Well, we all that pregnancy is one of the causes that make women get these unwanted lines on the skin. They also happen when a person gains weight and during puberty stage, when one’s body is growing. The bad news is, there’s no guarantee that you can avoid stretch marks during pregnancy because of the fact that genetics play a vital role in determining whether or not you will get them. This means that, if one of your family members had these scars before, it means that you have a great chance of having them later in life.
Aside from pregnancy, weight gain can cause individuals to get these marks. If you had them already, another bad news to know is that, you will be having them forever, since they are permanent scars with no cure. Topicals and surgical methods that claim to remove them completely only reduce their visibility, to make them less apparent.
Pregnancy is a stage where the skin stretches to a point of no return, which means that, whether you like it or not, you will have them sooner or later.
However, I’ve heard stories from women who have successfully avoided these scars during pregnancy, so it will not hurt to try these tips to avoid stretch marks.
1. Exercise to make the skin stretch and more elastic, to avoid getting these unsightly marks. Move the legs, thighs and abdomen when engaging in exercises, which can be as short as fifteen minutes a day.
2. Eat a lot of food rich in Vitamins A, C, E and zinc to make the skin healthier and more elastic, and to keep it full and less prone to scarring.
3. Over-the-counter products which aim to avoid stretch marks are all over the market, ranging from shea butters, to gels to lotions. These products have common ingredients which aim to make the skin more elastic, at the onset of stretch marks. Apply them everyday to ensure your skin is protected from these scars.
Here is a well-known over-the-counter product to help prevent getting permanent scars.
Clinique CX Stretch Mark Cream
This product is made prevent and minimize marks, and it is also the latest topical to hit the market. It contains palmitoyl oligopeptide, hydrolyzed collagen and acetyl hexampeptide-2, which we all use to stimulate collagen production.
Its got Mimosa tenuiflora bark extract in it as well which helps maintain natural collagen levels. There are sucrose, caffeine and sandalwood extract in this product to help your skin repair itself as soon as unwanted marks are formed, and it also has shea butter, muru muru butter and linoleic acid which will increase suppleness and help bolster the lipid system within the skins surface, helping to smooth the skin, and stop new lines from forming.
4. Massage your skin with baby oil while the skin is still wet from bathing, to make it more firm and elastic, which helps avoid stretch marks.
All in all, while genetics determine if you will suffer from these scars or not, you might have a chance of fighting back if you apply the tips above during and after pregnancy. I don’t guarantee, however, that you will indeed succeed, because of your genes.