Pregnancy Stretch Marks
Many things will change after you have baby. Such as your sleep time, schedules and sense of freedom. Along with a changing schedule, there are the many physical changes you will see. And Pregnancy Stretch Marks is the chief among them. For many women, during their pregnancy time, stretch marks are as much as a part of having a baby as diapers and feedings.
What is Pregnancy Stretch Marks?
During pregnancy, Stretch Marks depressed streaks in the skin that appear most often on the abdomen when the belly is rapidly expanding to accommodate a growing body. And some women also get stretch marks on their thighs, buttocks, breasts and hips.
Anatomy of a Stretch Mark
During your pregnancy, your stretch marks will happen when your body grows faster than your skin can keep up with. And this causes the elastic fibers just under the surface of the skin to break, which resulting in stretch marks.
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During your 9th month of pregnancy, you will gain about 30 pounds. And growing that fast can leave you with stretch marks, especially on your belly and breasts, these two areas that grow the most.
Stretch marks can also show up on the thighs, upper arms and buttocks. The marks often start out reddish or purple, but after pregnancy they gradually fade to white or gray.
Experts say that women who are at a healthy weight should gain 25-35 pounds.
Who Gets Stretch Marks
If you have stretch marks during your pregnancy, you are in good company. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 90% of women will get them after their 6th or 7th month of pregnancy.
You are more likely to have stretch marks, if your mother had them because genetics plays a role in this case.
Is Prevention Possible?
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent stretch marks. And there is not a cream, lotion and mommy balm that can do that.
And it is a good idea to keep your skin hydrated with a rich lotion or cream, especially if it makes your skin feel better more toned and look smoother and also helps the itchiness that can come with your growing belly. It also helps to keep your body hydrated with water.
The best time to treat your stretch marks is while they are in at reddish stage. And another option is a retinoid, which your dermatologist can prescribe.
Other treatments of stretch marks include lasers that heat the skin. And it may take a number of sessions to see results.
Gentler processes such as dermabrasion can also help renew the skin, but don’t expect a big change.