I remember my wife’s first pregnancy. We were both excited that we would welcome a new family member in a couple of month’s time. As the pregnancy progressed, my wife’s weight grew exponentially. She seemed stressed because of the changes happening to her body. In particular, the stretch marks that developed on her body weren’t exciting to her. She tried to find ways of how to remove stretch marks but couldn’t find any helpful resources. She tried everything ranging from gels to home made remedies but none seemed to work. She resigned to the fact that she was among millions of women who get stretch marks during pregnancy.
During her second pregnancy, she was more prepared. She conducted research on ways of reducing chances of developing stretch marks during pregnancy. Even though these didn’t guarantee that the stretch marks didn’t develop, those which do develop are minimal. Some of the effective techniques include the following.
First, diet plays a major role on your skins health. Being the largest organ in the body, it requires a mix of nutrients and minerals which promote its normal functioning and helps it heal. Some of the best nutrients for the skin include vitamins, essential fats and zinc. You should also avoid foods which will accelerate weight gain since the body is at a stage where it’s gaining weight fast. Foods which are rich in saturated fats and cholesterol should be avoided during pregnancy.
Second, ensure that your body is always hydrated. The skins flexibility largely depends on whether the body is hydrated. Flexible skin is at less risk of developing stretch marks since it can easily stretch to complement the body’s exponential growth. In addition to promoting flexibility, keeping the body hydrated also promotes healthy development of new skin cells which take the place of cells which become damaged through stretch marks.
Third, using skin care products can also help reduce risk of developing stretch marks during pregnancy. Although there’s much debate concerning the effectiveness of such products, some have been found to help pregnant women reduce development of such scars. The most recommended products are those which include ingredients such as aloe vera, zinc and vitamin E. these oil soluble ingredients seep into the skins surface promoting collagen production and overall skin health. It’s advisable to avoid products containing ingredients such as alcohol which are known to dehydrate the skin.
Fourth, massaging areas which are prone to develop stretch marks can also help prevent their formation. Stretch marks on breasts and other parts of the body can be reduced or prevented this way. The reason for this is that massage promotes the flow of blood and flexibility of the skin. As more blood flows to this area, it increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients available. This in turn promotes cell division and development of collagen.
Finally, exercise can also help reduce risk of developing stretch marks during pregnancy. Regular exercise geared towards burning excess fat under the skin and promoting development of lean muscle will help regulate the body’s growth.