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PostHeaderIcon Parenting Tip: How to prevent stretch marks in during your pregnancy

Pregnancy brings a lot of happiness and the joy of a new life, but many new moms are also left with stretch marks. Stretch marks are caused my small tears in the dermis. New stretch marks are typically purple or red at first but eventually fade to a light pink or white. Most pregnant women will get stretch marks of some sort. The most common stretch marks are the darker ones around the abdomen or breast area but many women get smaller lighter stretch marks on other parts of the body as well. It is important to remember that stretch marks cannot be completely prevented. Stretch marks are genetic and many women will get them if their mothers did. While they cannot be completely prevented, there are measures that can be taken to make the stretch marks less severe or noticeable.

The primary cause of stretch marks is weight gain. Gaining the ideal amount of weight during your pregnancy can help prevent stretch marks. The general recommendation is around twenty-five to thirty-five pounds for women who were average weight before pregnancy. Women who gain large amounts of weight tend to have more stretch marks in addition to having trouble losing the weight. Gaining an ideal about of weight may not prevent stretch marks entirely, but it can make them fewer and less noticeable.

There are many creams and lotions that claim to prevent or repair stretch marks. Most of these creams and lotions do very little other than moisturize. Keeping the skin moisturized is important and can lesson the severity of stretch marks. Cocoa butter is an effective moisturizer and although it isn’t proven to prevent stretch marks many women still swear by it. Creams and lotions that are designed for scars can help with stretch marks, but these are generally used on existing stretch marks.

Laser surgeries and tummy tucks are used to get rid of stretch marks after they have showed up. However these procedures are expensive and usually painful. Stretch marks will fade on their own in time. Most stretch marks will fade to a very light pink or white color. The texture of the stretch marks on the skin may remain although it generally becomes less pronounced over time. Many women find that stretch marks fade to being nearly unnoticeable in about a year.

Keeping pregnancy weight gain under control and keeping the skin moisturized are the key to preventing or lessening the effects of stretch marks.

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