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Baby Bump: Stretched Out by Stretch Marks

I was two weeks overdue with my daughter, when I spotted a few shimmery streaks at the base of my swollen belly. Dead set on going into labor, I didn't pay much attention to them until after my little girl was born and my stomach began to deflate. Then, those couple of blemishes became a bit more noticeable.

While stretch lines are a mark of motherhood, there's nothing wrong with willing them away.

After having my son, I invested in a couple of creams. And, I was somewhat surprised when they made a difference.

While the flaws haven't been erased, they are camouflaged — a result of the products helping them fade with time.


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Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 9 years
im making mental notes not planning to get preggers soon , but this will be hepful my mother and sister got LOTS :(
Fancy04 Fancy04 9 years
I was fortunate not to get any :) They can be hereditary-but you can prevent them by using good products.
crystalvillage06 crystalvillage06 9 years
I didn't get stretch marks until my 8th month and they were very faint. I used Avon's Stretch Mark and cellulite cream 2 years after my son was born and it worked really well. They weren't too bad to begin with but I can't see them at all now.
cutecurls cutecurls 9 years
I'm jotting down all this info.
prestopink prestopink 9 years
as an esthetician, dont worry about the stretchmarks, unless they are light which is hypo-pigmentation, which is tougher to get rid of...if they are darker, hyper-pigmentation, you're in luck mostly all products and procedures are only made for these. But for any new mom here is the best advice I can give you and Im upset because I learned this after I was licensed and after I had my daughter: RUB YOUR STOMACH EVERYDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it does not have to be with a product, just rub the stretch marks, in fact MULTIPLE times a day!!! The rubbing stimulates the collagen and elastin production in that area you will notice a difference in four days!!!! Since your body is already changing and trying to heal itself and return to normal it is a prime time to take advantage and manipulate your skin so for any advice, evenif you didnt just have a baby: RUB RUB RUB....loofahs are our friends!!!!!!
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I slathered on cocoa butter and still look like a pissed off tiger got the best of me. :( My dermatologist told me nothing in the world will prevent stretch marks - they're contingent on your genes and your starting and ending size. :cry:
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
I slathered on all that stuff and thought I was doing well until they showed up in the last 2 weeks. Then they stayed. I think it just depends on your skin type. Nothing worked on me. :( But I'm still proud to have my "war wounds." :)
macgirl macgirl 9 years
The first time around I got them on my boobs right away. My belly stayed clear all the way through my pregnancy even with a weight gain of 80 pounds!! Then after I had the baby and my belly was going down I got two on my stomach. All that and I didn't get them until I was losing the weight! This time around I don't have any new ones and I'm at 31 weeks. I am really stressed about post baby. They say it's genetic and my mom got a butt load after her second pregnancy. I'm using the bio oil every day and keeping my fingers crossed.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
So if I already have them (not from pregnancy) can I do anything to make them less noticeable?
Greggie Greggie 9 years
The thing is, stretch marks come from under the skin, where lotions and creams can't reach. You can minimize them in some ways, but if you're going to get them, you're going to either way. And if you're not, you're not.
mmydrnxcuzyoucry mmydrnxcuzyoucry 9 years
Palmers didnt do JACK for me, and I used it my the bucket load.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Unless you're just prone to stretch marks. I started with "prevention" immediately upon becoming pregnant with my first and still had them before I started my second trimester. I got less when I did nothing.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
They can be hereditary yes...but seriously...if you start in the beginning of your pregnancy and really massage your belly skin...rubbing in a good belly can help to prevent them from occurring at all. Regardless of what happened to your mom, your grandma...etc....There is hope! :D
MotoLinz MotoLinz 9 years
I was so fortunate to not get any. My mom loaded me up with this stuff called Mother's Friend. Twice a day, I rubbed it on my belly, my boobs, and my butt and thighs. Both my mom and my grandma had used it with their pregnancies, and neither ever had stretch marks. It sure worked for me, but I heard that the stretch marks are a hereditary thing, rather than related to (or prevented by, rather) any salves, creams, jams, or jellies you can smear on your body.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Like mbrown said...use the Palmers Cocoa Butter in the little round jar. It's more like a balm. The lotion isnt as effective. Best wishes! :D
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
You cant wait till you get them to try something to get rid of have to start at the beginning of your pregnancy!! :D When i found out i was to have twins at 7wks...i went and bought Palmers Cocoa Butter cream and started slathering it on. I knew that i would get huge with twins, so i would massage my skin with the cream constantly. I didnt get any stretch marks at all...even the nurses in the hospital uncovered my belly and was like...WOW, no stretch marks at lucky girl. I swear by the cocoa butter and all the effort i put in my whole pregnancy. Good luck to all the pregnant ladies!! :D
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
I hope I don't get stretch marks!
girlabouttown girlabouttown 9 years
I'm using Bio-Oil for mine and I'm noticing a difference. You can get it at Walgreen's.
t0xxic t0xxic 9 years
I started getting stretch marks at 7 months and no prouct helped or reduced.
mbrown81 mbrown81 9 years
I didn't get any with my first son, But this time my thighs and butt definantly have a few. I have been using palmers tummy butter and they are starting to fade away. make sure you use the thick paste just the plain lotion doesn't work.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I was kinda bummed when at 8 months I got my first stretch mark (subsequently followed by like 15 others - sob) but they weren't that bad until AFTER, I tried cocoa butter but it didn't work for me :(
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Sorry, I meant until two weeks overdue, not two weeks before you gave birth. :) Mine are blue this time. They're pretty.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
You didn't get them until 2 weeks before giving birth? Hmph. I'm jealous. Although mine don't bother me. I really couldn't care less about minimizing them.
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