5 Easy Steps To Prevent Stretch Marks During
Every mother-to-be wants to enjoy her pregnancy. She looks forward to a happy, healthy birth. There are
naturally going to be some physical aspects of pregnancy that may not be so pleasant to experience and stretch
marks is one of those things that most pregnant moms-to-be would like to avoid. Unfortunately 75 to 90% of all
pregnant women receive stretch marks during the pregnancy.
Stretch marks usually start to appear around the sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. This is when the mom-to-be
starts to notice more weight gain. Stretch marks can appear on the upper thigh, buttocks, breasts, and also on the
arms and lower back. Whether you get them or not and how many you get will be determined by how much weight you
gain, how rapidly you gain the weight, your genetic history, and whether or not you make any effort to prevent
stretch marks before they start to form.
The time to prevent stretch marks is
before the abdomen starts to expand and to continue using preventative methods all
the way through the pregnancy. Speak with your obstetrician or midwife early on in the pregnancy about methods
and procedures you can follow to lessen your chances for receiving stretch marks.
Here are 5 easy steps you can take to help minimize
the stretch marks during your pregnancy:
Step #1 -- Eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet that will
keep you at a 25 to 35 pound weight gain during the pregnancy. A controlled and steady weight gain will help your
skin to stretch at a steady pace without any unexpected bursts.
Step #2 -- Increase circulation in areas that you already have
stretch marks or think you may be prone to getting stretch marks by massaging that area with a body brush or
Step #3 -- Drink plenty of water. Your healthcare provider can
give you guidelines on how much you should drink each day. A normal amount would be 8 - 8 oz. glasses of water
daily. Water keeps your skin supple and elastic so it stretches more easily as you expand in the last few months of
Step #4 -- Take the prenatal vitamins prescribed by your
obstetrician or healthcare provider. Good nutritional supplementation is critical to the overall health of the
unborn baby and the mom-to-be. Especially important to the largest organ of your body - your skin.
Step #5 -- Moisturize your skin liberally every day
during the pregnancy. There are many oils, lotions and creams on the market. Continue moisturizing after the baby
is born until you reach your pre-pregnancy weight. These moisturizers are formulated to keep skin supple and
elastic and to support the dermis layer of skin (where stretch marks originate).
By following these 5 steps in a regular program,
you will be taking a proactive approach to not only avoiding stretch mark development during your pregnancy, but to
enjoy soft, silky, and healthy looking skin.
For prevention of stretch marks, we recommend
that you take a look at our reviews for both the Barmon Stretch Mark
Cream and Revitol Stretch Mark Prevention
Cream products. Both of these stretch mark removers are noted for their ability to minimize
pregnancy stretch marks with regular use while being safe for