Here is the WHY on pregnancy Stretch Marks...
1. Hereditary- If your mom or sister has them, chances are you are screwed. Remember, don’t hate the player hate the game!
2. Weight Gain- Rapid or excessive weight gain will make this worse. Hello we are having a baby!
3. Nutrition-Well hydrated and healthy skin stretches better. Keep drinking plenty water and below I will outline some great nutrition options that help too!
4. Previous Pregnancy- Surprise, you may get them again! Chances are you are still glaring at your mother or grandmother. Don’t get too freaked out, this pregnancy will only bring the old ones back, make them a little more extened and slightly darker, then fade as they did before. Look at the bright side, now you will be able to run around naked at Halloween as a colorful red, purple and blue striped pregnant Zebra! Remember I am just the messenger. It’s the game you hate not the player…
Now for the treatment..
1. Nutrition- Eat foods that are rich in Vitamin E and C, zinc and silica, which help to form collagen. Vitamin C in particular is an important antioxidant that helps protect tissue from damage. Vitamins B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin) are also thought to help promote and maintain healthy skin. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!!!
2. Lotions- First of all the only proven results from using lotions and potions are... One: they do decrease itchiness that comes from rapid skin expansion. Two: products like “Bio-Oil” are specially formulated to maximize the skin’s elasticity to ensure that it is supple and well-hydrated and more able to withstand the rapid growth and stretching. In order for it to work you MUST, apply it twice-daily right from the first trimester. Cocoa Butter and baby oil after a shower (on moist skin) are inexpensive and do the same thing at a fraction of the cost.
3. Topical Medications- Tretinoin (Retin-A) and glycolic acid may also help, but not until AFTER pregnancy. Retin-A IS NOT safe to use during pregnancy and there's no reliable information on the amount excreted in breast milk or its effect on a nursing infant, so it's best avoided while breastfeeding.
4. Laser Treatments- They can help restore the skin's elasticity and also change the pigmentation so the stretch marks better match the rest of your skin.
5. Time- In most cases the evil things will shrink and fade within 6 to 12 months of pregnancy. Keep your skin well hydrated during this time too!
6. My Two Cents-I do have my own personal recommendation, it's my blog I can do and say what I want! I was in a very bad car accident 5 years ago. I had to have the entire left side of my body reconstructed. The accident left me covered in scars big and small. From the beginning my doctors told me to use Mederma to make the scars less noticeable and even disappear. I had scars all over my face so I had nothing to loose and my vanity to gain. I used it diligently 2-3 times every day. In the words of my facial surgeon, “damn that stuff really works well, that scar above your eye is completely gone!” I can honestly tell you Mederma got rid of ALL of my small to medium scars and has drastically reduced the large ones, including helping them to look exactly like my regular skin pigment, even when I tan. Mederma now makes a stretch mark cream I will give a try. Stretch Marks are scars and I clearly know they know what they are doing!
Ladies. Damn it! That’s all I have left to say about this one. The world is so medically advanced but there is still no “cure” for stretch marks. I have seen some pictures online that actually were so horrific I closed the page. Stretch marks are awful and if you are in the 50-95% of those affected I am sorry, another one of pregnancy’s cruel jokes I guess. Please, if you have anything to add don’t hesitate! I will continue to stay on top of this issue and report back immediately.
10. Mom, Sister, Sister-in-law, Friends, Neighbor, Co-worker, Girl at bakery,
11. Books: What to expect when you’re Expecting & The Girl Friends Guide To Pregnancy. Forgive me for not doing a proper source on them but Amazon will help you with the rest.