Stretch marks during pregnancy are an incredibly common occurrence. In fact, 9 out of 10 women will develop stretch marks during their pregnancy, most commonly in the third trimester. Women who have had stretch marks before, whose mother got them, or who gain weight rapidly while pregnant are the most likely to develop these “tiger stripes” over the course of their pregnancy. Stretch marks are easier prevented than they are treated. Being proactive is the best way to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy. Here are a few tips for preventing stretch marks while pregnant:
Stay hydrated. Water intake is incredibly important to keeping skin moisturized and supple. Moisturized skin is less likely to develop stretch marks than dry skin.
Exercise. Preventing rapid weight gain is an important step in avoiding stretch marks. The average OB-GYN recommends gaining 25 to 30 pounds during pregnancy. Rapid growth is one of the main causes of stretch marks, so avoiding this is key to preventing those marks.
Get your vitamins. Whether through a vitamin-rich diet or a vitamin supplement, increasing your vitamin intake will support healthy, soft skin. Vitamins A, C, and E are especially important for overall skin health.
Moisturize your skin. Preparing your skin for the inevitable stretching is very important. Using a cream specifically for stretch mark prevention (like this one) can keep skin moisturized and improve elasticity which will help to avoid stretch marks.
The best defense against stretch marks is prevention. By actively working to maintain healthy skin, you can prevent (or at least minimize) the stretch marks associated with pregnancy.