Stretch marks are a relatively common trademark of pregnancy. In fact, nearly 90% of women get stretch marks at some point during pregnancy. With those statistics in mind, I knew I wanted to do everything I could to prevent them, so I came up with my own personal approach to ward off this hallmark sign of pregnancy. When it comes down to it, though, my “strategy” was pretty simple and could apply to keeping your skin healthy whether pregnant or not. So, if you want to keep your skin looking and feeling its best, try these things.
Keeping Stretch Marks at Bay
Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t think there is anything wrong with getting stretch marks, and I understand some women’s skin is more prone to stretching in this way than others. However, just like I wanted to stay as fit and healthy as I could throughout the pregnancy, I wanted to do the same with my skin, so I used tips for reducing the prevalence of stretch marks and maintaining the health of my skin.
Keeping your body hydrated is one of the best ways to keep your skin healthy as well. And, if you’ve heard it once during pregnancy, you’ve heard it about a zillion times – drink more water. It seems that for 90% of pregnancy ailments this one suggestion is the remedy. So, I’m jumping on the bandwagon and encouraging you to do the same. Well hydrated skin is better able to handle stretching, so drink up! I tried to drink at least 100 ounces every day if not more.
Applying external moisturizers are another great way to promote your skin’s elasticity. I already used coconut oil on my skin after showering daily, so I just added applying the oil to my tummy, too, as soon as we found at we were expecting. I kept this up for the first 7 months of pregnancy and then switched to an alternative natural skin remedy recipe that our birth instructor shared with us during Lamaze.
Now, I’ll just throw this out there. This treatment looks gross, but it seems to work, so give it a try. If you don’t like it, you can always switch back to something else. Just another FYI, it’s also safe for using to promote elastic of skin elsewhere, too, so feel free to apply it to your “nether regions” to assist in natural birth when the time comes.
- ½ cup aloe vera gel
- 1 cup virgin olive oil
- 4 capsules vitamin A oil
- 6 capsules vitamin E oil
- Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until well-blended.
- Store mixture in an airtight container in the fridge.
- Apply at least once daily.
One of the major factors that contribute to stretch marks is weight gain. So, it goes without saying that maintaining a relatively steady level of weight gain can also help with preventing stretch marks Now, everyone’s body responds differently to pregnancy, so you can’t necessarily completely control your weight gain. However, by eating well and exercising regularly, you can better regulate your weight gain. I didn’t work out heavily throughout the pregnancy, but I made sure to walk several times a week. This one habit alone seemed to really help me control how much weight I gained throughout the entire pregnancy.
Many women wear stretch marks as somewhat of a “badge of honor” following their pregnancies. However, you can enjoy the memory of carrying your child without having the everyday reminder looking back at you in the mirror. If you want to limit the effects of your skin stretching throughout your pregnancy and promote healthy skin development, then give these tips a try. They worked for me, and I know they’ll work for others, too.