Can Stretch Marks Be Prevented?
There are many physical changes that occur with pregnancy. One very common occurrence is the appearance of stretch marks. Many women are proud of their stretch marks and consider them a badge of honor. There are other women who do not like the sight of them, who fall prey to all the lotions and creams that claim to erase these marks.
Studies have shown that there is a genetic and hormonal link to why some women get these marks and others don't.
These marks will fade as time goes on, and go from red to pink, then pale silver or white.
Let's look at some ways you can try to prevent stretch marks. First of all, anybody who rapidly gains weight can get stretch marks. This happened to me my freshman year in college. I gained twenty pounds, then went on some crazy diet and lost it in one month. Voila!! Stretch marks on my hips. Ironically, I didn't get any with either of my pregnancies.
In pregnancy, weight gain is a given. Yet, a sudden sharp increase is not a given. The best prevention is a slow and steady weight gain. Staying hydrated is key. About 50% of pregnant women will develop stretch marks. Some studies say that younger women are more prone, while others indicate that geography matters.
There is some promising research on using hyaluronic acid on the skin and daily massages to help prevent stretch marks.
If you are pregnant, I am sure you have been doing some investigating about what is happening to your body, the growth of your baby in utero, what the best food are to eat, and how you can have the best pregnancy, and birth.
There is a such thing as information overload, especially in today's world where we all have instant access to answers to our questions. While this isn't always a bad thing, it may not be a good thing either.
I talk to other doulas, and I lend support in some pregnancy groups online. There is an overall theme of disconnect. Everyone is searching for answers outside of themselves. Pregnancy is time of transformation. There are fears and worries, concerns, and lots of advice to sort through.
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