Pregnancy is an exciting journey and with it comes a lot of changes. Some changes are nice but some aren’t so appealing.
Your little one is growing rapidly by the day. Your body stretches itself to accommodate the growth. Stretch marks form when the skin stretches itself.
Some women wear their stretch marks as badges of pride to show how amazing their bodies are. Not every woman finds stretch marks appealing and that’s okay.
Experts say stretch marks can also be genetic. Luckily, there are now ways on how to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy.
Below are some of them
Watch Your Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight throughout pregnancy is the most important step in preventing stretch marks. Eating for two shouldn’t mean having huge portions of food.
When your body gains weight rapidly the skin pulls itself apart hence causing stretch marks.
Being able to watch your weight is the main key to preventing stretch marks.
Forming a routine where you exercise can help in weight loss and controlling or maintaining weight. When you exercise you increase blood flow to the skin which helps in skin rebuilding.
First, consult your doctor before you start exercising.
Drinking water and staying hydrated has to be the hack for everything in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Want clear skin? Drink water! Want to lose weight? Drink water! Want to detoxify your body? Drink water!
Drinking enough water enables your skin to stay hydrated and smooth.
Moisturize Your Skin
Another great way to prevent stretch marks is by keeping your skin hydrated. There are some great moisturizing creams in the market but you may want to first consult with your doctor before using one.
Hydrating your skin enables it to stretch and expand without forming stretch marks. Moisturize your whole body at least twice a day for better results.
Massage Your Skin Regularly
While applying the moisturizer on your skin take a few minutes to massage your skin all through.
By doing this moisturizer gets to properly penetrate through your skin hence giving you better results. Massaging your skin also makes it more elastic and increases your blood flow.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
To watch your weight you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can achieve this by eating healthier foods and doing away with processed foods.
Most importantly include vitamin C in your diet. Vitamin C plays a major role in keeping your skin elastic and strong. Sources of the vitamin can be found in fruits like oranges and citrus.
Exfoliate Your Skin
For your moisturizer to work effectively you need to need to exfoliate your skin once in a while.
Exfoliating helps in scrapping of the dead skin cells that may which prevent your moisturizer from getting deep into your skin. It helps in the generation of new skin cells.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Avoid stating too long in the direct sun. The UV rays from the sun destroy your skin’s elastin. This may make it more likely for stretch marks to form.
You may also use sunscreen to protect your skin.
How to Treat Stretch Marks after Pregnancy
If the preventative measures didn’t work for you, there are still ways to get rid of them. You can wait them out because they initially fade away and become less noticeable.
You can also consult your dermatologist for laser treatments.
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