Preventing, Living & Treating Stretch Marks
Stretch Marks. The Hottest Topic In Mom Groups
The thought of them may prevent some women from wanting to get pregnant; especially if they don’t want to have them for the rest of their life. For others, the fear sets in soon after they see the little pink line on the test strip.
What exactly are they, and how do we get them? Stretch marks occur when there is little to no elasticity in the skin during rapid growth or loss – in other words, conditions present in pregnancy.
Can we escape them? Maybe, maybe not. Some women get lucky and escape getting marks, while most get bellies covered in stripes. Because it seems like the luck of the draw, some women don’t bother trying to prevent them. However, there are some products that may reduce the number of marks that you get, although the results may vary. Just like every pregnancy is different, every woman is different, and every woman’s skin is different.
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So, what can you do to minimize getting stretch marks? Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! The more moisturized the skin, the easier it is for the skin to “stretch,” thereby causing fewer marks. Here are some cruelty-free product suggestions to help prevent and reduce them.
Tummy Butter by The Spoiled Mama
Postpartum Tummy butter by The Spoiled Mama
Shea Moisture Stretch Mark Butter Cream by Shea Moisture
Along with moisturizing, you will also want to stay hydrated. The more hydrated you are, the healthier your skin will be!
We can try our best to prevent and minimize the number of stretch marks that we get through moisturizing, but at the end of the day, everybody is different, so please don’t compare your stripes with another mama’s. Keep in mind that it took 10 months for your belly to grow a human, and when your tummy deflates post-baby, they can occur then as well. If you are one of the 90% of women who receive marks from pregnancy, embrace your tiger stripes; you just birthed a human into the world!
Did you have stretch marks, or did you manage to avoid them? Let us know in the comments below!
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