Stretch Marks & Pregnancy
What are stretch marks?
- Stretch marks are parallel lines on the skin that appear as slightly indented streaks. Stretch marks often start looking red or pink in colour, and then change to a silver or white glossy colour.
- Stretch marks occur most commonly on the belly, but can also appear on the thighs and breasts.
- Stretch marks can begin to appear during the fourth month of your pregnancy.
- Between 75% and 95% of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy.
- Because light haired people (blondes and redheads) have a fairer complexion, they are more prone to stretch marks.
How to manage stretch marks?
- Genetics play a role in the severity of your stretch marks. If your mom or sister had them, chances are you will too.
- You may not be able to fully prevent stretch marks, but keeping your skin moisturized will make it easier for the skin to stretch. Remember, not just the skin on your belly is stretching. Moisturize everywhere!
- A key to keeping skin moisturized is to avoid hot showers and baths (that tend to dry out skin). After bathing pat excess water off and apply moisturizer immediately.
- Make sure you choose a moisturizer that has vitamin E or F, elastin and collagen. Body butters also tend to be very good moisturizers.
It’s a good idea to take time during your pregnancy to relax and take care of yourself.