How to Prevent Stretch Marks during Pregnancy

Updated at: Jul 08, 2013
How to Prevent Stretch Marks during Pregnancy

Stretch marks are a normal part of pregnancy. Learn what you can do to prevent, or at least minimise those marks while you are expecting.

Himanshu Sharma
PregnancyWritten by: Himanshu SharmaPublished at: Jun 01, 2013

woman applying moisturiser on belly in first trimester

Stretch marks are a normal part of pregnancy. These are formed as a result of the growing abdomen, appearing in the form of red streaks on the sides of abdomen initially and gradually, turn silvery. If an expectant mother act early in the pregnancy, she can prevent or reduce the appearance of embarrassing stretch marks.

Stretch marks can be prevented with a few lifestyle changes and skin care regimen. Moreover, practicing maintenance after the baby is born is a part of stretch marks prevention.

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Stretch Marks

Skin-nourishing diet: You have to emphasise on eating healthy, balanced meals to make sure your baby is getting enough vitamins and nutrients from the very beginning. Above that, you need to take care of skin as body is continuously experiencing changes. Incorporate foods that improve your skin's elasticity and prevent stretch marks from forming. These include:

  • Spinach, blueberries, strawberries, and other fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants that help nourish and protect skin.
  • Foods containing vitamin E (nuts, seeds, avocados and broccoli) that protect skin cell membranes.
  • Vitamin A foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes and mango help repair skin tissues.
  • Foods containing omega 3s such as fish, fish oil, walnuts, eggs and oysters should be a part of pregnancy diet; these keep cell membranes healthy and make your skin glow.

Stay hydrated: Drink as much water; it helps detoxify body and skin cells plump. Stay hydrated to bounce back from the stress caused by stretching.

Exercise during pregnancy: Exercising during pregnancy helps woman retain her skin’s elasticity by improving body's blood circulation. Engagements in exercises not just prevent you from gaining too much weight, but also nip stretch marks in the bud.

Healthy weight gain: When a woman gain weight fast during permanency, stretch marks happen. Consult a health care provider for the guidelines on gaining weight gradually, rather than all at once.

Skin Care Regimen to Prevent Stretch Marks

Moisturise your skin: Use a moisturiser to hydrate the skin on your belly, sides, lower back, thighs and legs, the body parts most likely to get stretch marks. A moisturising lotion penetrates the skin deeply enough to keep it hydrated and prevents stretch marks.

Exfoliate using dry brush: An expectant mother can exfoliating her skin using a dry brush, which not only improves blood circulation but keeps your skin healthy.

Abstain from use of harsh chemicals on your skin: Many ingredients of body washes and lotions dry out the skin and reduce its elasticity, which may stretch marks at vulnerable sites. When buying a cleanser, check the label for the natural oils that will hydrate your skin.


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