Many things change after you have a baby: schedules, sleep time, and sense of freedom, to name a few.
Along with a changing schedule, there are the many physical changes you’ll see. One among them is stretch marks. For many women, stretch marks are as much a part of having a baby as diapers and feedings.
Understanding Stretch Mark
Stretch marks happen when your body grows faster than your skin can keep up with. This causes the elastic fibers just under the surface of the skin to break, resulting in stretch marks.
Body Growing fast can leave you with stretch marks, especially on your belly and breasts, two areas that grow the most. Stretch marks can also show up on the thighs, buttocks, and upper arms. The marks often start out reddish or purple, but after pregnancy they gradually fade to white or grey.
In other words, when it comes to stretch marks, how quickly you gain may be as important as how much you gain.
Who Gets Stretch Marks
If you have them, you’re in good company. About 90% of women will get them sometime after their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy.
If your mother had stretch marks, then you’re more likely to have them too, since genetics plays a role.
If you have a lighter complexion, you will tend to develop pinkish stretch marks. Darker-skinned women tend to get stretch marks that are lighter than their skin tone.
Is Prevention Possible?
Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent stretch marks. It’s always a good idea to keep your skin hydrated with a rich hydrating lotions or creams, especially if it makes your skin feel better, look smoother and more toned, and helps the itchiness that can come with your growing belly. It also helps to keep your body hydrated with water or fluids.
Focus on Fading
While some stretch marks naturally fade to faint silvery lines, others remain darker and more showy. The best time to treat the marks is as they say AS EARLY As POSSIBLE or while they’re still in that reddish stage. Oils made with a mix of Sea Buckthorn Oil, Almond Oil, Argan Oil, Coconut Oil and may help. In one study, people using the gel said their marks faded after 12 weeks of daily use.