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How to Reduce Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

No one wants stretch marks. Fortunately, not every woman comes out of pregnancy with stretch marks. That said, many do. As a matter of fact, statistics tell us that as many as half of all pregnant women will get stretch marks while they’re pregnant. So, while you might wind up being in the lucky half, you need to get a handle on what to do to minimize the damage if they do appear.

Usually, it’s those last three months of pregnancy that will herald the appearance of stretch marks. After the sixth month, your belly begins to really expand in order to make enough room for your baby to continue to grow and develop. Because of this, pregnancy stretch marks are most common on the belly. That said, many women will also develop stretch marks in other places during pregnancy. Common places include the thighs, buttocks, breasts, arms, lower back, and hips.

Fortunately, there are some things that you can do in order to minimize the damage that pregnancy does to your body in the form of stretch marks:

  • Gain the right amount of weight during pregnancy. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy increases the odds of having stretch marks. Remember, of course, that gaining too little weight poses some specific health risks to you and to your baby, so do try to stay within the recommended weight gain range throughout your pregnancy.
  • Focus on a balanced and healthy diet. Good nutrition helps with stretch marks on a number of levels. Primarily, it helps to make your skin more healthy. This means that it will stretch out easier, and that it will have an easier time snapping back into place after your baby is born.
  • Moisturizing can help, too.  Keep your skin moisturized during pregnancy. There are many skin products out there that will do this. Make sure you choose skin products that are safe for use by pregnant women. There are many natural and herbal-based moisturizers that you can use, which are completely safe for baby.

You may not be able to keep stretch marks away entirely, but you sure can do some things to help minimize the risk.