Stretch marks during pregnancy

Stretch marks during pregnancy

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are red marks which sometimes appear on the skin if it is stretched beyond its normal elasticity. This usually happens if weight has been gained very rapidly. As a result many pregnant women develop stretch marks.

Where do stretch marks appear on the body?

Stretch marks are usually found on the skin of the stomach, thighs and breasts.

Do all pregnant women get stretch marks?

No. Some pregnant women don't get them. However, probably as many as three quarters of pregnant women get some stretch marks. If you are naturally thin or small or if you are carrying more than one baby , you are particularly develop some stretch marks.

You may also develop them on your breasts if your breasts are naturally small and prone to rapid growth during pregnancy.

Can I get rid of stretch marks?

Unfortunately stretch marks very rarely disappear. However the good news is that they often fade over time . They get smaller and lose their red colour, making them less noticeable. Rubbing oils or cream into the skin will not get rid of stretch marks.

Are stretch marks preventable?

Unfortunately there is little that can be done to prevent stretch marks. For some women, stretch marks are genetic (hereditary) therefore weight gain has little to do with it. Try and stay within a healthy weight, including when you are pregnant.

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