What do you do if you happen to have stretch marks during and after pregnancy? For most women who may not have had stretch marks before pregnancy, it is difficult to understand what they are and how to get rid of them.
Stretch marks occur when you body grows faster than your skin. Such rapid growth causes the dermis to tear thus showing other inner layers of the skin. These marks appear as lines or streaks. When first appear as pink, red or purple in color depending on the colour of your skin. They then later change their color to white, brown or silver. They occur mostly on the belly, back and breasts during pregnancy. Most pregnancy stretch marks fade with time.
Pregnancy stretch marks (also known as striae gravidarum) are caused by hormonal changes and weight gain. Most women believe that ‘eating for two’ means that you should eat double the portion of food you ate before pregnancy. This causes excess weight and formation of stretch marks. The sudden stretch on your belly will also cause stretch marks to appear.
During pregnancy, you should have a diet that contains fiber, iron, proteins and carbohydrates. To avoid excess weight, you should exercise, take lots of water and take long naps.
There are various ways to prevent stretch marks from appearing on your belly and your back during pregnancy. You should take lots of water to keep you hydrated and for your skin to be moisturized. Proper intake of water also helps to ease itching and cracking on the skin. The application of essential oils such as olive oil and castor oil that penetrate deep into the skin also helps in preventing the formation of stretch marks. Some stretch marks creams like palmers and bio-oil have also proven to help prevent stretch marks. They should however be applied on the skin from the first trimester and even after delivery.
If you have tried various methods to prevent stretch marks and still notice them on your skin, there are various ways to treat them or make them less visible. You can use make up to camouflage them. Some types of camouflage make up are water proof and are readily available in pharmacies.
Creams such as revitol (that should be applied after delivery) can also help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Pulsed laser surgery is a type of laser treatment that is used to help fade stretch marks. It is painless and can only be used when your stretch marks begin to appear on the skin. Energy from the laser is absorbed by blood vessels under your marks and it causes them to disappear, collapse or turn to white. Laser treatment is expensive and not readily available. You may also need to lots of treatments before you see results. It will also depend on the colour of your skin.
If you have tried everything you possibly could to get rid of pregnancy stretch marks and they are still on your skin, it’s about time you learnt how to love them and accept them. After having your baby, these marks should remind you of the transition to motherhood. You should also remember that you are not alone. There are lots of women out there who have them and they can also occur to anybody and to any type of skin. Getting a tan can also help reduce their appearance for a while. You should also give them time. In due time they will fade away and your skin tone will even out. Your confidence will also increase and you will learn to love your skin. Having stretch marks during and after pregnancy is a normal thing that you should learn to love.