Along with the bloating, gas, cravings and nausea, stretch marks are one of the most dreaded side effects of pregnancy. Stretch marks are one of those things that take some of the joy of being pregnant away from expectant mothers. Notwithstanding the fact that the majority of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy, they are not necessarily a fait accompli. They can be made less prominent during this period through a number of methods. Here are some ways to make sure that the magic of this special time is not diminished by unsightly stretch marks.
Moisturizers and creams: One of the most common and effective methods of avoiding stretch marks is with creams that are high in vitamin E and/or vitamin A. Our cream for stretch marks contains other ingredients that support the skin’s elasticity such as Heptapeptide-7, Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extracts, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil and Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil. These ingredients work to support the skin by hydrating, softening and reducing the discoloration caused by stretch marks.
Diet: By eating a diet rich in collagen which includes broths, gelatins, vitamins A, C, and E pregnant women can help maintain the skin’s elasticity. Also, although it is normal and even productive to gain weight during pregnancy, don’t over eat. Expectant mothers generally need about 500 calories extra per day to support their pregnancy.
Hydration: During pregnancy your body has an increased demand for water. Water is also necessary to keep the skin optimally hydrated. It is recommended that you drink 8 to 12 glasses of water daily.
Dermabrasion: For women who are really concerned about stretch marks there are more drastic measures that can be taken such as in-office laser treatment and Dermabrasion. These treatments are designed to boost collagen growth and generally take several sessions. Of course, women who are concerned about stretch marks during pregnancy should consult with their doctor before considering any of these methods.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 90% of women will develop stretch marks after their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. Our stretch mark cream is one method that has been proven to reduce unsightly stretch. Clinical studies conducted by several dermatologists we engaged showed that 70% of participants had improvement in stretch mark reduction within 14 days and 90% saw improvement over 12 weeks of continued use. Ultimately, there is no way to completely prevent stretch marks during pregnancy but you can significantly reduce their presence with a combination of diet, creams and proper hydration.