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Stretch Marks- Information on Avoiding Them During Pregnancy

Many pregnant women develop stretch marks during their pregnancy. Stretch marks are known as striae gravidarum. Stretch marks appear like long lines on the skin that are a bit purple or red depending on your skin color. Women with darker skin usually get lighter stretch marks, while lighter skinned women get reddish colored ones. During pregnancy, most women develop stretch marks on the abdomen area. It is common to get stretch marks on other areas of the body such as the hips, buttocks, breasts, thighs and underarms. A larger percentage of women will have stretch marks after their pregnancy is over.

The causes of stretch marks always seem to be rapid weight gain and stretching of the skin. Just like in pregnancy, the skin stretches at a rapid rate and develops these marks. Usually women tend to develop these stretch marks in their third trimester, but there have been cases when a woman develops them in the beginning of the pregnancy.

Stretch marks are tiny tears in the skin that develop in the tissue that supports the skin. This tissue is called the dermis layer. They are not painful and they do not harm the body in any shape or form. Women believe that creams and lotions can help prevent stretch marks or minimize the appearance of them. It truly depends on how elastic your skin is and this depends on your genes. Ask your mother if she had a lot of stretch marks through her pregnancy. If your mom had a lot of stretch marks, then you might have more of a chance of developing stretch marks than other women.

The more weight you gain in a pregnancy, the more you will have stretch marks. The human skin is quite elastic and can stretch quite a bit, but doesn’t seem to help when women are pregnant. Women that have multiple pregnancies will be more prone to stretch marks because their bellies seem to grow larger than a single pregnancy. Women might also get stretch marks if they are carrying a large baby. Doctors recommend a certain amount for weight gain during pregnancy, and it is best to follow their advice. You can also use creams and lotions that will keep your skin soft, but the best thing to do is watch your weight. Usually, after the pregnancy, the lines become lighter and fade so they are not as noticeable.

 

Disclaimer:  The information provided within this site is not meant to be a substitute for a medical doctor's opinion.  This site is for informational purposes ONLY.  Please check with your medical practitioner before any type of treatment or prevention method is started.

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