What are stretch marks? Stretch marks are tiny tears that have been made in the skin and then healed over causing a discoloration in the skin usually resembling stripes. Stretch marks are very common in life – they’re caused by all kinds of activities and events, pregnancy being one of the biggest causes for women. During pregnancy the woman’s skin is significantly expanding and stretched causing stretch marks on the thighs, buttocks, breasts, and hip areas.
Around 50 percent of pregnant woman end up with stretch marks. This means if you’re pregnant there’s a pretty good chance you’ll get at least some stretch marks, and if you plan on having multiple children in life it’s almost guaranteed. There aren’t too many ways to tell if you’ll be part of that 50 percent that’ll get stretch marks, however there’s a good chance that if stretch marks run in your family you’ll likely be getting some.
During your pregnancy there are however quite a few things you can do to help prevent or reduce stretch marks. Proper nutrition is crucial to preventing stretch marks; you’ll need to consume enough Vitamin C, D, and E as well as enough zinc and water for your skin to maintain enough elasticity to stretch without tearing or being damaged. Vegetables are very healthy sources of vitamins and while vitamins are easier to consume nothing beats the natural source. Varying the vegetables you eat daily will help ensure you’re getting all the vitamins you need to promote healthy sin and a healthy baby during your pregnancy. Water is also very important. The normal amount of recommended water consumption is around 64 FL Ounces daily, however during pregnancy you should expect to consume closer to 80 FL ounces a day if you want to keep the stretch marks away.
If you’ve taken the necessary steps to preventing stretch marks during pregnancy and you still end up with some (or even many) you’ll be glad to know they fade over time in most cases. The pigmentation difference becomes less noticeable and the uneven skin texture will eventually completely disappear. If you’d like to speed up the process of fading and healing there are many OTC stretch mark creams available to expedite the skin’s healing process. Vitamin enriched creams are recommended and will not only help fade stretch marks, but they’ll also give your skin a rich and vibrant color.
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