Q: Can I Prevent Stretch Marks?Pregnancy & Fertility | Amy Chitwood L.A.c | May 26, 2010 at 8:33 am
Q: I’m pregnant and worried about getting stretch marks! Is there anything I can do to prevent them for these 10 lunar months? Laura G. Portland, Oregon
A: Stretch marks, also known as striae, appear as raised, red lines on the skin. These striae are caused by the loss of elasticity in the dermis (collagen and elastin), the underlying skin layer. These non-forgiving marks will start as red, raised marks, yet eventually will fade to a white or silver. They usually occur on your buttocks, thighs, hips, and breasts in addition to the abdomen. Rapid weight gain or excessive weight gain may also cause stretch marks to appear.
How you develop (or if you develop) stretch marks depends on the elasticity of your skin, and possibly even your genes. If other female family members have had a problem with stretch marks during pregnancy, you may too.
There are so many creams and oils out on the market these days, you will have many to choose from. Whatever you choose, I recommend using an organic product, and massage twice a day into your abdomen. At the very least, it’s a nice quiet time to connect with your baby while massaging the belly.
If you develop stretch marks during your pregnancy, massage them with oil at least twice a day to reduce their appearance. Use a carrier oil, such as almond or apricot oil, and add a few drops of an essential oil such as lavender. Moms, do you have a special natural recipe that works for you? Please share your stretch mark prevention tips here or at Facebook with other expecting moms!
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