Sep 12, 2011

Pregnancy Stretch Marks…

Reason #444 why I am tired of being pregnant, stretch marks. I mean it just keeps getting better and better doesn’t it! Known in the medical word as Striae Gravidarum, stretch marks are proven to be from hell and not funny in any circle. It appears that stretch marks will turn up on 50-95% of all pregnant women, so you are not alone in your screaming and crying rants of “why.” While the majority will show up on the lower abdomen, beware of the damn things turning up on your thighs, hips, buttocks, breasts and arms. Here’s the good and bad news, there are measures you can take to help prevent and reduce the appearance, unfortunately there is no proven way to erase them.

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.




Sources:
1. http://bellybelly.com.au/pregnancy/stretchmarks-in-pregnancy
2. http://stretchmarktreatment.org.uk/
3. http://www.babycenter.com/0_stretch-marks_1352276.bc
4. http://www.babyworld.co.uk/information/pregnancy/pregnancyproblems/pregprobs_stretch_marks.asp
5. http://pregnancy.about.com/od/stretchmarks/a/stretchmarks.htm
6. http://pregnancy.about.com/od/stretchmarks/ig/Stretch-Marks-Photo-Gallery/
7. http://www.americanpregnancy.org/commondiscomforts/PE-pregnancy-stretchmarks-different.html
8. http://www.americanpregnancy.org/commondiscomforts/PE-prevent-pregnancy-stretchmarks.html
9. http://www.americanpregnancy.org/commondiscomforts/PE-prevent-pregnancy-stretchmarks.html
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.

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3 comments:

  1. Thank you, I didn't know mederma made a stretch mark cream. That's great!

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  2. My Pleasure! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mederma! I just cannot tell everyone enough how wonderful this stuff is.

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  3. AnonymousJune 23, 2012

    I remember with my first using and doing everything possible to prevent them. The best advice was given to me by a doctor: "If you can find a way to prevent them, you'd be THE richest person on earth. If EITHER said, Mom or Dad has them, you most likely will too!" So to add to your post, it is not just on Mom's side, but sadly, Dad's too. Look at the women on both sides, yes creams help with the itchiness which will reduce redness, but NOTHING will stop them if they are coming. In the end, about a year after baby, they will be white and almost back to flesh tone. Now, for how to remove them, tummy tuck. That was the only thing I have researched, asked, and the ONLY answer I have gotten! I am currently pregnant with my second, still try to work out as much as physically possible and due any day now. My stretch marks have not gotten too much worse with this one. I see a couple of new ones and a few old ones that are now longer. Oh well, it's part of being a baby factory!

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