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Pregnancy and Parenting

Pregnancy and Parenting

How to Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks

By Pregnancy and Parent at 2010-02-11 00:50:09
Statistics show that between 75 and 90 percent of all pregnant women develop pregnancy stretch marks either during or after pregnancy. This article will discuss why pregnancy stretch marks occur and the remedies available to prevent pregnancy stretch marks both during and after pregnancy. Keep reading to get instant access to over 50 home remedies to help prevent pregnancy stretch marks during and after pregnancy.

Since these scars or stretch marks go hand in hand with the process of pregnancy, it is generally unavoidable and hence it is difficult to find a pregnancy stretch mark cream that claims to prevent the occurrence of stretch marks during the gestation period. Thus a normal pregnancy stretch mark cream usually is used to remove the stretch marks that are formed after the pregnancy is over and for the women to regain the smooth skin she had before she had her child.

The human skin includes the outer epidermal layer, the inner dermis layer and the subcutaneous stratum. The dermis is the layer that helps the skin retain its shape and the pregnancy stretch marks appear on the dermis as a result of excessive stretching and sudden weight gain. Pregnancy stretch marks may occur on breasts, belly, thighs, upper arms anywhere where fat tends to accumulate.

Beside these herbal stretch marks treatments, there are many lotions for pregnancy stretch marks removal. These creams contain vitamin C and vitamin E, which moisturizes your skin. However, it is not evident whether these creams completely remove stretch marks, though for sure they can be used to fade the appearance of lines. Although, these home remedies are not harmful, you should consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding or are pregnant.

This regular stimulation will make your skin stronger, healthier and more elastic, ensuring it is better equipped to deal with the stresses and pressures of your changing body shape.

Pregnancy stretch marks vary depending on the skin tone of the woman. Light-skinned women can have pinkish stretch marks while dark-skinned women have scars that are a little lighter than the skin tone. Although stretch marks cannot be totally removed, there is a breakthrough in stretch mark prevention creams that help greatly in decreasing visibility of pregnancy stretch marks.

Similar to regular creams, creams for pregnant women are made up of ingredients that enhance collagen production to prepare the skin for significant expansion during pregnancy. Collagen is extremely important in adding flexibility and elasticity to the skin and this helps to combat the development of large, visible stretch marks effectively.

If you want to stay beautiful even if you are pregnant and you want to find ways in reducing or preventing pregnancy stretch marks, you have to keep in mind some simple tips to help you with it. Even if you don't have dry skin, it is important to moisturize your skin especially during the early months of your pregnancy. Cocoa butter as well as other creams and oils can help moisturize your skin and allow it to be more elastic during stretching.

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