Pregnancy is definitely a blessing from God. However the same cannot be said about stretch marks during pregnancy. Stretch marks are just a natural process of the body trying to adjust to the growing uterus during pregnancy. The effects of stretch marks however differ from person to person. A person with more skin elasticity is less prone to stretch marks than a person with less elastic skin. Less or more, the truth is stretch marks are an inevitable part of pregnancy. The good news is that they can definitely be reduced or avoided if we follow few simple steps.
4 Simple Steps To Avoid Stretch Marks During Pregnancy:
Moisturize Your Skin Regularly
Regular moisturization helps to keep the skin hydrated and healthy. A healthy skin is always more elastic than dry unhealthy skin. Massage your skin (specially the tummy area and thighs) with a nourishing body lotion or moisturizer. Use circular hand movements while massaging. Massaging increases blood circulation which is good for cell repair. It is advisable to use creams rich in vitamin A or vitamin E as they help in protecting the skin cells and promotes tissue repair. Cocoa butter, Shea butter, olive oil and almond oil are few of the time tested skin moisturizers used during pregnancy to avoid stretch marks. There is also a wide range of stretch mark creams available in the market these days. Although it is true that moisturizers or creams cannot remove stretch marks but if we use them regularly starting from the initial days of pregnancy then they can definitely help to avoid stretch marks to a great extent.
Drink Plenty Of Water
The increase of blood circulation and preparation of amniotic fluid in the uterus increases the body’s need for water during pregnancy. Hence it is absolutely vital that you increase your fluid intake during pregnancy. Water helps to detoxify the body and also helps the skin to stay hydrated. A well hydrated skin is elastic in character and hence helps in avoiding stretch marks. You must drink atleast 2 to 3 liters of water per day during pregnancy. If water makes you nauseous then try fruit juices or fruits and vegetables with high water content like watermelon or tomato.
Watch Your Weight
Gaining weight is normal during pregnancy but it must be a slow and steady process. When too much of weight is gained suddenly the body is not prepared to handle it and stretch marks might appear. That is why it is important that you watch your weight during pregnancy. Eating healthy and eating right is the key. The old saying that you must eat for two during pregnancy is not correct. Avoid deep fried and sweet foods. Eat plenty of fresh fruits, salad and healthy snacks. This will help you to keep your weight in check and avoid unnecessary stretch marks.
Exfoliation helps in getting rid of old dead skin cells and creates opportunities for the formation of new ones. The circular hand movements used during exfoliating or scrubbing also help in increasing blood circulation. Regular exfoliation helps in skin repair and keeps stretch marks under control. You can either use a loofah to scrub your body or use the dry brushing technique. In dry brushing you are required to brush your body slowly with a soft bristled brush.
These 4 simple steps if practiced regularly will help you keep stretch marks under control during pregnancy.