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Top 5 Ways to Remove Stretch Marks after Pregnancy – Updated Article
Last year we published an article about how to get rid of stretch marks after pregnancy and we will now look at some ways to prevent them from forming during pregnancy. While many of the same steps can be used to remove stretch marks after pregnancy, why not follow these steps to prevent or at least limit stretch marks during pregnancy. Scientists have found the stretch marks are often genetic and often occur because your body grows faster than new tissue can develop. Furthermore if you are pregnant with multiples, have a large baby or an abundance of amniotic fluid will lead to a greater likelihood of stretch marks during and after pregnancy. Despite this, taking certain measures throughout your pregnancy and can make your life a whole lot easier after you have given birth.
1. Gradual Weight Gain
Stretch marks are small tears in the dermis layer of skin and are often caused by rapid weight gain during pregnancy. Stretch marks occur most often during the third trimester of pregnancy and appear as red lines in your abdomen. To combat these marks one of the best practices is eating a healthy well balanced diet that keeps you skin healthy and elastic. If you follow a nutritious diet and gain the recommended weight of 25-35 lbs your baby will be healthier and your skin will thank you in the weeks and months following your pregnancy.
2.Water, Water, Water
Just like after birth, staying hydrated throughout your pregnancy is essential for healthy skin and a healthy baby. Water flushes out toxins and keeps your skin happy and healthy. It is recommended to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, not just after pregnancy but especially throughout those 9 months.
3.Use a Body Brush
A body brush is an essential tool to have throughout pregnancy. They not only help to remove stretch marks but messaging problem areas can often prevent them from occurring. Messaging your skin increases blood flow and circulation. Increasing the blood flow also delivers vital nutrients to your skin maintaining optimal health for your skin and your baby
4.Vitamins and Minerals
In addition to a healthy and balanced diet, taking vitamins and supplements can ensure that your body is getting all the proper nutrition it needs to keep you and the baby healthy. While always eating balanced meals is optimal, many times it is not completely realistic. We all have extremely busy lives and many of the foods we enjoy have been enriched and modified. Thankfully, taking a multi-vitamin that has plenty of C and E can boost your immune system and protect your skin. Vitamin C is especially important since it helps synthesize collagen and Vitamin E repairs scar tissue which will make your skin look much better.
5.Lotion is the Potion
Just like after pregnancy, it is extremely important to keep your skin moisturized during pregnancy. Many lotions on the mark made especially for stretch marks will contain vitamin E as well as other ingredients to keep your skin’s elasticity and suppleness. Cocoa butter is perfect for moisturizing skin during pregnancy. Start during the first trimester and you will see the difference in your skin after birth.
Following these steps during pregnancy makes it that much easier to rid the lasting effects following birth. Not only will you stay happier and healthier but your skin and your baby will thank you later.
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The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Pregnancy Skin Care9 Dec 2010|