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How Can I Prevent Getting Stretch Marks During Pregnancy?

How Can I Prevent Getting Stretch Marks During Pregnancy?

When you step in the phase of motherhood, your body experiences numerous changes especially physically, and the most common worry of pregnant women is “stretch marks”. Getting stretch marks is an expected occurrence as your body is expanding. The good news is that you can avoid or even can reduce its appearance by taking proper steps early enough during pregnancy.

After 6th month of gestation, your body expands as your unborn is growing; but the growth is much faster than skin’s growth. The elastic fibers under your skin surface breaks out and result in stretch marks. This normally happens in the area around abdomen, breast, upper arms or thighs. Stretch marks emerges as red or purple streaks and end up turning silvery over time.

How to Prevent Stretch Marks?

  1. Opt a Skin-Nourishing diet to improve the elasticity of your skin. Food that are-

Packed with antioxidants like strawberries, blueberries or spinach.

Rich in Vitamin E.

Rich in Vitamin A.

Rich in Omega-3 and 6.

  1. Increase amount of liquids, this will keep cells of the skin plump and make healthy skin.

Drinking atleast 8 glasses of water daily.

Drink herbal tea. But no caffeine.

Eat watery vegetables and fruits like celery, cucumbers, honeydew, strawberries, watermelon etc.

  1. Do mild exercises or yoga. It helps to retain your skin’s elasticity by improving circulation.
  2. Keep an eye on your weight. Avoid overeating. Keep cravings at bay. Eat a little quantities of food but eat multiple times.
  3. Dry Brushing. Use a dry brush made of natural fibers, no tough bristles.

Brush bottom (legs) to top (heart area) and take a bath to clean the dead cells away. Do not use brush on your breasts.

  1. Say no to chemicals. Use cleansers prepared with natural oils. Massage little coconut oil on your skin and wash it off with warm water then pat dry with a soft towel.
  2. Apply Natural Oils on your lower back, thighs, legs or belly. Moisturize your skin every morning after a bath and at night.
  3. Apply Sunscreen if you spend time in the sun or go swimming.

Share these useful tips and spread awareness.

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