Stretch marks during pregnancy are a common thing in pregnant mothers. Your skin will change a lot during pregnancy. As your baby grows day by day, your skins must stretch and adapt to your baby size. Sometimes your skin stretches too fast or too far, it can tear slightly. The two areas with the most stretch marks during pregnancy are the chest and abdomen, and then the arms, buttocks, and thighs. These marks may look bad, but there are different tips to help you treat the stretch mark, minimize their appearance and regain your smooth skin soon after birth. Let’s find out tips to treat your stretch marks during pregnancy
Eat a Healthy Diet
Choosing a balanced diet during pregnancy will ensure that both you and your baby have the necessary nutrients and vitamins. Also, you can combine foods that are good for your skin as well. There are different nutrition dishes that can improve your skin’s elasticity, thereby preventing stretch marks from appearing. Here are some of them:
- Foods high in antioxidants to help protect and nourish the mother’s skin, such as strawberries, blueberries, and spinach;
- Foods that are rich in vitamin E to protect skin cell membranes. You can find vitamin E in collard greens, broccoli, avocado, nuts, and seeds;
- Foods that are rich in vitamin A such as red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, and mangoes will restore skin damaged by stretch marks. However, consult your doctor about the appropriate absorbed dose to avoid adverse side effects.
- One research found that supplementing with abundant vitamin D for the body could reduce the risk of stretch marks. The easiest way for you to absorb vitamin D is through the sun. Besides, foods like cereals, egg yolks, beef liver or dairy milk products are also rich in vitamin D.
- Foods rich in omega-3 and omega-6 will help pregnant mothers have smooth skin and keep skin cells healthy. You can find these substances in salmon, fish oil or walnuts.
- Zinc is a mineral that plays an important role in nourishing the skin as well as having a very good effect to help prevent acne. Don’t miss out on nutritious foods like dark chocolate, cereals, and nuts.
2. Drink more Water
Drinking more water will hydrate your skin inside out. Water helps detoxify your body and keep the skin cells soft, moist, and regenerate better. Thereby, it will keep your skin looking beautiful and make stretch marks during pregnancy quickly disappear after birth. Here are some drinking habits you can try:
- A usual recommendation: drink 8, 8 ounces glasses of water a day (this is called the 8×8 rule). if going out, bring 1-2 bottles of water of equal capacity to drink gradually.
- If you think you can’t quite drink the recommended eight glasses of water each day, you can try to sip some hot herbal teas. Herbal tea is also a good alternative if you do not want to drink water. They do not contain caffeine, relaxing and can keep your body hydrated.
- Eat more succulent vegetables and fruits: This habit can provide extra water, vitamins, and minerals for your body. You can choose a variety of succulent foods such as cucumber, watermelon, strawberry, apple. You can make smoothies or juice form these vegetables and fruits to make them even yummier
Rapidly Weight Gain will Cause Stretch Marks
When you gain weight too fast, stretch marks will be more likely to appear. However, weight gain during pregnancy is unavoidable because you have to carry your baby. But keeping your weight gain rate in a healthy limit is possible. To do this, you should avoid eating too much. While you’re pregnant, you’re encouraged to get more energy than before, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat twice as normal. When you want to eat something, eat a little and then sip fruit to satisfy hunger. This helps you to restrain your cravings and not to gain weight excessively.
Exercise will improve your skin elasticity through improved blood circulation. Also, exercise during pregnancy helps you maintain a healthy weight, thereby limiting the stretch marks. You should try gentle, low-intensity exercises like yoga or pilates to ease unpleasant pregnancy symptoms like back pain, cramps and better prepare yourself for labor.You should avoid any high contact or high endurance exercises.
5. Apply Natural Essential Mark Prevention Cream Or Oils To Your Skin
You may use to hydrate your face and neck skins as usual but now you should take care of other areas as well. A great way to keep your skin moist, hydrated and prevent stretch marks is by applying special cream or oils with natural ingredients. Natural oils that moisturize and hydrate the skin such as coconut oil, almond oil, lanolin oil, etc. You can apply to any skin area you want such as the lower back, thighs, abdomen, calves. These products feel great when applied and they go a long way toward keeping your skin soft, supple, and stretch mark-free during pregnancy. It is recommended that you moisturize your skin twice a day for the best effect. Once immediately after a shower to limit dehydration and once before you go to bed. Use twice as much cream or oils on areas that are tight and itchy. You should consider asking for your doctor’s advice to find the product that is suitable for you.
6. Exfoliating Areas prone to stretch marks
Come along with the moisturizers, cream, and oils to keep your skin hydrated, make sure to exfoliate your easy-to-stretch skin areas once a week. This is considered as a measure to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and is a popular skincare step for many women. Exfoliating can help you remove dead cells, stimulate blood circulation and keep your skin healthy. Different kinds of natural ingredients can be used as exfoliants. Based on my experience, Baking soda, and witch hazel is the best as they can be applied directly to your skin and are gentle enough that they won’t damage sensitive area
So, there’s our guide to treat your stretch marks during pregnancy. Hope that your beautiful skin will be back soon. But remember, your skin is not ruined you are a tigress who has earned her stripes!
Do you have any other tips to share with other mothers? Let us know in the comments!