One of the major concerns of many women during their pregnancy is the appearance of stretch marks. Stretch marks that might not go away anymore after giving birth…. The thing with stretch marks is, depending on your skin type and DNA, some women get them very easily and others don´t. So, avoiding them all together might be impossible for some of us, but we can do some things to reduce the chance of stretch marks. Here are five tips to get you started:
First of all, you will want to stay as hydrated as possible. Unfortunately, we will never be able to avoid stretch marks completely but hydrating from the inside-out is definitely a good start. This means drinking loads and loads of water. Water helps the correct functioning of your skin cells so they can repair themselves. The more hydrated your skin, the more you can reduce the gravity of stretch marks that might appear.
Second, it is important to eat as healthy as possible. Stretch marks come up because of quick weight gain and the skin being stretched. Obviously, you can´t avoid the weight gain these nine months but you can make sure you eat a healthy, nutrient-rich diet. You will want to make sure to prepare a balanced diet including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and take your prenatal vitamins. Food full of vitamin C, D, E, and zinc, and protein is what you will want to be looking for.
Monitor the scale
Don´t obsess over your weight during your pregnancy but it is important to monitor the scale during these nine months. In general, for your health and your baby´s health, your weight gain should be quite balanced, and very sudden, rapid weight loss can increase the chance for stretch marks. Your baby is growing and gaining weight in a period of nine months, and so should you.
Moisturize your skin twice a day
Apart from drinking enough water and eating healthy, it is also important to hydrate your skin from the outside-in. This means using a lot of moisturizer these months, preferably twice a day. Try to make it a routine to treat your skin in the morning and in the evening with a good smelling, hydrating moisturizer.
Use a specific stretch marks cream or oil
Finally, for the areas where stretch marks tend to appear, such as your tummy, breast, and legs, use a special stretch marks cream or stretch marks oil. They will make an extra effort to keep your skin soft and extra hydrated during pregnancy.