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Practical tips for eliminating stretch marks after pregnancy





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Stretch marks are an unavoidable part of pregnancy. Just about anyone can suffer from these unsightly marks.

If you’ve ever put on excess weight in a short time, there’s a good chance you’ve had to contend with them already. However, they’re a particular problem for expectant mothers, especially during the latter stages of pregnancy. Even if you manage to quickly lose those extra pounds after giving birth, stretch marks remain behind as a visible reminder.

Stretch marks are a particular problem for expectant mothers, especially during the latter stages of pregnancy.
Stretch marks are a particular problem for expectant mothers, especially during the latter stages of pregnancy.

If you’re currently expecting, you can minimize the impact of stretch marks by taking preventative measures. The good news for women who’ve already given birth is that you can improve the appearance of these unwelcome scars by using pregnancy and postpartum care products.

The science beyond stretch marks

Most women don’t start gaining considerable weight until the third trimester of pregnancy. As such, you might not notice any signs of your skin stretching until the six-month mark. Once they do start appearing, you’re likely to first notice them on your stomach. However, the chest, buttocks, and thighs can also be heavily affected.

During pregnancy, there are many steps you can take to mitigate the impact on the affected areas that are safe for both mom and child. Simply staying hydrated can go a long way in maintaining skin elasticity, lessening the severity of stretch marks as your skin expands.

Always check the label

However, most women need some extra help. If you’re looking for solutions that can be applied during pregnancy, make sure you’re selecting products with natural ingredients that won’t cause any harm to your unborn child. Generally speaking, moisturizers that contain things like ceramides and certain peptides are safe to apply.

You’ll also need to be cautious when choosing products if you plan on breastfeeding. Again, look for products that rely on natural ingredients and avoid anything that contains things like retinol.

If stretch marks are causing you physical discomfort, oils and gels are a good option. Not only can you apply these products generously to the affected area, but you’ll also benefit from effective healing properties. Nourishing gels rich in things like aloe vera are a safe bet. Aloe vera promotes rapid skin healing but also delivers soothing relief.

There are many steps you can take to mitigate the impact on the affected areas that are safe for both mother and child.
There are many steps you can take to mitigate the impact on the affected areas that are safe for both mother and child.

Restoring skin to its former glory

Unless you’re incredibly lucky, you’re going to have to contend with more than a few stretch marks during and after pregnancy. However, reducing their severity is fairly simple. During your pregnancy, be sure to moisturize regularly and stay hydrated to maintain skin elasticity.

If you’re using gels and serums while you're expecting, pay attention to the label to ensure ingredients are safe for use while pregnant. When in doubt, pick products that are made from wholly natural ingredients like aloe vera. Once you’ve given birth, continue using skincare products to firm up sagging skin and lessen the severity of stretch marks. You can also incorporate gentle exercise into your daily routine. Target affected areas like the stomach and buttocks with exercises that will tone and tighten skin, as well as promote healing.



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