9 Tips For Preventing Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

There are many things a person can do to prevent the development of stretch marks on their body. Some ways are by healthy living, other ways are by getting regular check ups from the doctor.

One major cause of stretch marks are from a pregnant body. The skin can only stretch so far without damaging. Thus, when baby stretches too far, the stretch marks are forever imprinted, or so you thought.

When pregnant:

1. Cocoa Butter

Cocoa Butter hydrates and replenishes dry skin. There are many different quantities and qualities of cocoa butter creams in the store. Pick one brand and try it. If you like it and it seems to work, stick with it. Follow the package directions or rub once a day all over your tummy where stretch marks may develop. This is especially important when you reach the middle and last trimesters of your pregnancy. Cocoa butter can be used on any skin that is dry or flaky to rejuvenate it.

2. Vitamin E

Vitamin E can be purchased by itself in a health food or supplements store. It is normally found in a gel or cream. It also hydrates the skin and gives it added elasticity. The added help to elasticity is what prevents future stretch marks from happening. Follow the directions on the package or use twice daily on your growing tummy.

3. Control Weight Gain

Weight gain is important during pregnancy. However, how you gain the weight is the most important. Slow and steady growth, of one to two pounds per week is safest for you and the baby in the middle trimester. The weight gain should slow during the end. When the weight gain is rapid, the skin doesn’t have a chance to stretch naturally. Stretch marks occur from skin that is pulled too tight too quickly. If you can moderate your diet and exercise, it will go a long way to helping control any stretch mark outbreaks.

4. Enriched Drinks

You can purchase a mix in the health food stores. It is called Calc Fluor 6X. It is safe for you and the baby and contains many vitamins and nutrients to hydrate your body. Follow the package directions. It is suggested to use three times a day every week in your early trimester. Then once you hit midway, alternate weeks of using it. It helps build and repair your skin from the inside out.

5. Drink lots of Water

Even with all of the products designed to keep you and your skin hydrated, water is still the best option. It is free and available everywhere. Drink eight glasses a day to keep your system flushed of toxins and your skin moisturized.

Creams & Lotions

Scientists have created many creams and lotions full of ingredients to help your skin. These ingredients build collagen and help with elasticity. The same lotions that help with stretch marks have the same effect on wrinkles. Therefore, the skin care products are a billion dollar industry!

6. Copper

Copper is one of the essential ingredients needed for firm skin. It is used in almost every skincare product available. Products are being created now where copper is the main ingredient. Buying and using copper fortified skin care products builds firmness of the skin and makes it look younger. Toned and fortified skin won’t stretch too fast, resulting in stretch marks. Rub all over where you may get (or want to get rid of) stretch marks: thighs, butt, hips, stomach and arms.

7. Moisturizers

Moisturizers are available everywhere from dollar stores to luxury skin care chains. The price range is $1 all the way up to thousands of dollars per ounce. Do they work better? Not necessarily. The important part is you take care of dry skin. The cream, no matter what quality, will have some vitamins and hydrating ingredients that you will benefit from. Keeping the skin moisturized will increase your chances of preventing the dreaded stretch mark.

8. Retin A Cream

Retin A cream is a type of moisturizer that prevents wrinkles and stretch marks on the skin. The Retin A is a protein used to build collagen in the skin. The belief is that adding this on top of your skin builds the collagen even further. The more collagen you have, the more elasticity your skin has too. With more elasticity, you have less wrinkles and stretch marks. The Retin A cream can be used as a preventative tool and also to combat existing wrinkles and stretch marks. Retin A creams can be moderate to expensive in price.

9. Emu Oil

Using Emu Oil to treat stretch marks is one hot new trend in the skin care fight. It contains fatty acids, which have been found to help many skin ailments, not just stretch marks. It is an all-natural product that is healthy for every individual to use. The Emu Oil can be purchased in liquid form to drink, pills to take daily and as a cream to apply topically. The Emu Oil will repair any damaged skin and keep it healthy.

Allan Wilson
http://www.articlesbase.com/non-fiction-articles/9-tips-for-preventing-stretch-marks-during-pregnancy-94116.html

9 Responses

  1. .... Says:

    Tips on staying beautiful during pregnancy? & Stretch mark questions?
    Any tips on keeping your attractiveness during pregnancy?? & not getting out of shape, and staying beautiful in your face?

    Also..any one know a product that helps prevent stretch marks better than the resT??

  2. LaLa Says:

    every woman is different…you should eat healthy…many woman crae and eat fast food and wonder why they cant get back to their original shape…and as for stretch marks, they’re usually in your genes so if your mom had them, you most likely will…they wont go away but they will fade after birth…all this should be the least of your worries
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  3. patrosh00 Says:

    The best thing i have found for strech marks is burts bees belly butter about 17 for a large container of it. lasted me till 29 weeks and had to buy another but very worth it!!!!
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  4. Miztery Says:

    I exercised everyday while I was pregnant. I used to jog a lot but as I got bigger that ended and I had to turn it into a walk. I walked a few miles a day up until 2 days before I delivered. Talk to your doc about an exercise plan that will work for you. As for your face… I started breaking out really bad due to hormones and there wasn’t much I could do to stop it. I just washed my face as usual and used moisturizer. Stretchmarks..I used Cocoa Butter and never got any UNTIL..AFTER I had the baby..when my skin began to shrink. I still use the Cocoa Butter but it’s not really taking them away. Some women are different than others..so do what works best for you . :)
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  5. Kamakazi Says:

    All pregnant women are beautiful :) When you are pregnant [if you aren't already] you will prolly forget about that kinda stuff and think more about the miracle of the baby growing inside you :)
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  6. nicole h Says:

    i used that cream for it. i never got them but i didnt get too big.get a cute cut and color for you r hair ,,, i good will do anyone wonders ,, and just before you have the abby get that and your nails done
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  7. namisha Says:

    I’m 34weeks pregnant and I worried a lot when I knew I’m pregnant cuz I thought I gonna be like "Mommy Body" like destroyed body shape lol But if you don"t eat too much and keep mind calm(don’t get moodiness to control your mind!) and use Palmer’s stretch mark lotion every after shower,except ur growing belly you won’t change bad anything!
    My due date is next month but so far I gained only 18pounds and doctors say I’m super healthy and perfect condition. I even don’t exercise everyday!!
    Just don’t eat too much,don’t be controlled by moodiness,elevate your leg a lot,massage belly with Palmer’s lotion….I think you will be ok :)
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  8. annie Says:

    been sick all through pregnancy so dont feel great or attractive,but very excited now about meeting my new wee baby, every thing else fades into background. so dont worry about looking good, if your happy you will naturally look glowing. great oil for belly is jason vitamin e 5000iu. smells very almondy but i think it really good . i am thirty seven weeks.
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  9. Tabatha J Says:

    Good Question. Here are some tips:

    Exercise! Many benefits come with exercise including a better body image. Even a simple walk around the block will get your heart pumping and your energy flowing.

    Weight! Though you are free to eat a treat from time to time, don’t go overboard. Keeping your weight between the recommended 25 and 35 pounds will help you keep up that confidence and you’ll be proud of yourself too.

    Shave! Keeping your legs smooth is a quick and easy way to feel sexier. You’ll need to feel confident enough to let your spouse give you a foot rub and hairy lets aren’t going to help any. Don’t skip them.

    Eyebrows! Outgrown hairs and stubs grab people’s attention. A quick pluck can give you that fresh clean look you are looking for. For a new look, splurge and go to the salon to get them done. It is rather inexpensive and can do wonders.

    Lotion! Believe me; I know from experience, it can be frustrating to cover yourself in lotion, but its well worth it. Lather up at least twice a day. Your skin will feel soft and radiant and you will be helping to prevent stretch marks too.

    Dressing! Maternity clothes are usually another big issue. Be sure to buy clothes that fit. Don’t try to squeeze into your pre-pregnancy clothes that weren’t designed for your new, sexy, curvy body. Pick up a couple of pairs of jeans and skirts, and mix and match tops that will add color and style. Don’t forget one outfit to go out in. You need to feel super sexy when you go out with all the skinny people. If you don’t like the idea of spending money on clothes you’ll only wear for 6 or so months remember, many of today’s styles can be worn after baby too! Whatever you do stay away from the sweats and t-shirts, they won’t do a thing for your self-esteem.

    Pregnancy is one of the most amazing journeys you’ll ever take. It’s an experience like no other with feeling that just cannot be explained. Don’t miss out on it because your busy feeling down about yourself. Look in the mirror and see what a beautiful and sexy women you are.

    Take Care of Your Skin
    http://www.mommyappelseed.com/skin-during-pregnancy.html

    Get that Pregnancy Glow
    http://www.mommyappelseed.com/get-that-pregnancy-glow.html
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