Are you stressed by the sight of stretch marks on your belly, hips or thighs? Find out how you can reduce stretch marks during pregnancy right here!
Stretch marks during pregnancy are common and mainly affect those whose skin contains less collagen. Are you struggling with the battle scars of pregnancy?
Stretch marks aren’t easy to deal with. To face this challenge, you’ll need a combination of taking care of yourself and the right product to help you deal with stretch marks.
Read our guide to learn more about how you can deal with stretch marks during pregnancy!
What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks occur when collagen ruptures in your skin. Collagen plays a vital role in your skin’s elasticity, so a lack of collagen can cause your skin to get damaged as it stretches, resulting in stretch marks.
They can appear on various body parts, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms, and lower back. Stretch marks aren’t exclusive to pregnant women. Both women and men can experience it.
All about stretch marks
Before stretch marks appear, the skin will usually begin to look thin or pink. Stretch marks may initially seem like wrinkles but slowly change color and look different from other skin parts.
There are two main types of stretch marks:
- Striae Rubrae: Pink or red stretch marks
- Striae Albae: White stretch marks
Other types of stretch marks include:
- Stretch marks that occur due to pregnancy, better known as Striae Gravidarum
- Gray or black stretch marks, which usually appear in people who have darker skin, called Striae Nigrae
- Dark blue/purplish stretch marks, also known as Striae Caerulea
- Stretch marks due to thinning skin. This can develop in those suffering from Cushing’s syndrome (a collection of symptoms arising from high cortisol levels in the body). This type of stretch mark is also often referred to as Striae Atrophicans.
Stretch marks cause and risk factors
Stretch marks are generally caused by the following:
- Pregnancy: 50-90% of mothers will experience stretch marks during pregnancy or after giving birth.
- Puberty: Due to the rapid growth that is common in teenagers
- Rapid weight growth: A dramatic increase or decrease in body weight can cause stretch marks.
- Medical conditions: Medical conditions such as Marfan syndrome and Cushing’s Syndrome
- Use of Corticosteroids: The frequent use of lotions and creams that contain corticosteroids can reduce collagen levels in the skin. Collagen strengthens and supports the skin and can reduce the risk of stretch marks appearing.
Stretch marks can happen to anyone and it isn’t easy to avoid, but it’s possible with proper care. Here are five crucial points you need to know to help deal with them!
1. Not all mama experience stretch marks
During pregnancy, the skin on your belly stretches more and more. That’s why it’s essential to moisturize your skin! Collagen can also help to thicken your skin, reducing the risk of stretch marks and helping to repair damaged skin.
Weight gain is also a significant cause of stretch marks. The parts of the body that most often cause stretch marks are the abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks.
Most pregnant women – around 50% – 90% – will experience stretch marks. Although the odds of avoiding stretch marks are slim, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of them appearing!
2. Genes can cause stretch marks
Genes can affect the natural elasticity of everyone’s skin. For some, avoiding stretch marks during pregnancy will be nearly impossible.
However, it’s possible to reduce the chance of stretch marks appearing by taking action during early pregnancy. Using a stretch mark cream or collagen-based product can also help to fade stretch marks if they appear!
3. Itchy skin can be a sign of stretch marks
Stretched skin is usually itchy. If you’re feeling itchy skin on your belly or thighs, you should take note of this! It’s probably a sign that stretch marks are about to appear. Instead of scratching, try relieving your itchy skin with safe moisturisers such as aloe vera.
(Tip: Our Mama’s Choice Stretch Mark Cream moisturizes your skin AND relieves itching! Find out more below.)
4. They don’t harm your fetus
Stretch marks can be annoying to look at. Here’s some good news: They don’t harm your fetus!
Despite this, most of us would prefer to avoid stretch marks. Read on below to learn how you can prevent them!
5. Stretch marks can be prevented
Stretch marks can be prevented! There are three steps you need to take if you want to try and avoid stretch marks from appearing:
- Moisturise your skin regularly, especially vulnerable areas like your belly, hips and thighs.
- Avoid scratching your skin, as it can further damage your skin and worsen stretch marks.
- Use a collagen product to thicken or repair your skin, reducing the chance of stretch marks appearing or fading existing stretch marks.
Meet Mama’s Choice Stretch Mark Treatment Series!
To help mamas, we’ve developed Mama’s Choice Stretch Mark Treatment Series, a two-step stretch mark treatment series that is 2x more optimal in fading stretch marks and preventing them from appearing in the first place!
This two-step solution consists of our best-selling Stretch Mark Cream and our Stretch Mark Serum, which is clinically proven to reduce 72% of stretch marks in 30 days. When used together daily, they are 2x more optimal in reducing stretch marks, fading dark spots, alleviating itching, and correcting uneven skin tone.
To make the most of our Stretch Mark Treatment Series, we recommend the following steps:
- Apply a few drops of Mama’s Choice Stretch Mark Serum on the affected areas
- Gently massage until the serum is fully absorbed
- Apply Mama’s Choice Stretch Mark Cream to lock in the moisture
- Repeat this process at least 2x a day or whenever needed
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