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Tips for Stretch Mark Prevention

Stretch marks. Say it with me now, "UGH!" No one likes stretch marks but everyone seems to get them at some point or another.

Women get them especially during pregnancy, as teens going through puberty (where the skin stretches as breasts and hips grow in), or during excessive weight gain or weight loss. Stretch marks in men, apart from rapid weight gain or weight loss, can occur as a result of disease, the over use of steroid hormones and sometimes when suffering from diabetes. These tips below for stretch mark prevention in pregnant women from Medical News Today can also be applied to anyone feeling like you've got stretch marks coming on:

  • Limit your weight gain to no more than 25 to 35 pounds and this gain should be made gradually. A controlled weight gain without any sudden upward swings will let your skin stretch at a steady rate.
  • Use a brush or washcloth to massage the areas where you have noticed stretch marks or want to prevent stretch marks from occurring. This will increase circulation to that area.
  • Try to eat lots of those foods rich in zinc such as nuts and fish, rich in vitamins A, C & D such as carrots, citrus fruits and milk and those foods rich in protein.

There are more tips, so

  • Try to drink lots of water as this can help prevent stretch marks. Take your vitamins. Those vitamins A. C & D together with zinc are very important in preventing stretch marks. Good nutritional health is critical to the well-being of you, your baby and your skin.
  • Keep moisturizing your skin from the first trimester until well after you have given birth and returned to your pre-pregnancy weight. Use one of the oils or creams marketed especially for stretch mark prevention where the formulas are designed to encourage increased collagen production and support the dermis, thereby helping keep the skin intact despite all the stretching.
  • Once your baby is born, keep up the good habits you have developed during pregnancy for taking care of yourself. With a new baby to care for and the demands of motherhood, you need more than ever to keep your body strong.


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stretchmark stretchmark 6 years
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anoo anoo 8 years
what cream is tht???
jennifer8055 jennifer8055 9 years
Hi , I always had pretty bad stretch marks and red scars around my belly region ever since I gave birth to my three kids.I had tried Vitamin E oil and cocoa butter which a number of people had recommended but it didn't seem to work. My Doctor had even suggested a Tummy Tuck. I then recently read an article about a lady who supposedly got rid of her stretch marks using a particular cream. I tried it and it worked really well. Within 4 weeks my stretch marks were very much faded and they soon disappeared.
Jack-Lawson Jack-Lawson 9 years
Nice article about stretch marks,The greatest thing women can do about the stretch marks is to prevent it before it occurs. However, It is never too late to start using Stretch Mark Prevention cream on the effected areas you can experience the change on areas that have already been affected by stretch marks
katiecake katiecake 10 years
I was very lucky .I didn't get any stretch marks from my pregnancy...I did apply Lubriderm's lotion with cocoa butter morning and night,and as for the dietary recommendations, I had serious cravings for nuts (cashews and walnuts), tuna(subway tuna sandwiches, actually!)and cake, so I was also pretty fortunate that I only gained 30 lbs.
BeautyXRush BeautyXRush 10 years
Thanks, this is very helpful. I think every womam gets streatch marks. I only weigh 109 lbs and I have like 3 on my hips.
casie82 casie82 10 years
Retin-A works too for existing stretch marks
BritniML BritniML 10 years
I notice that by using any lotion on the areas that I have stretchmarks everynight...or everynight I remember, I see a reduction. Just keeping your skin hydrated reduces stretch marks.
ddene5713 ddene5713 10 years
there's the preventing...but what about getting rid of? i know that if the stretch marks have turned white then it's too late to disguise them but if they're pink/red then you can do something to get rid of them....other then laser treatment...any ideas?
Phil Phil 10 years
I've heard from many that Cocoa Butter works wonders for preventing stretch marks
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
Instead of using those expensive creams - I have heard from many women they use cocobutter to prevent stretch marks.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I'd love to know that too!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I was just about to ask, what if you already have them?
jhuck jhuck 10 years
My friend has bad stretchmarks from a huge weight loss. Any tips on how to get rid of/make better existing stretchmarks?
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