You just found out you’re pregnant and you couldn’t be more excited. When you pass a mirror, you probably imagine what you will look like with a baby bump. The thought of it makes you smile.
Your body is changing. You are growing a precious baby inside. But chances are your changing body may have you worrying about the number one topic on the minds of pregnant women around the world…STRETCH MARKS!
The average woman will gain between 25 and 35 pounds during her pregnancy. Your skin grows to accommodate your growing belly. Up to 90 percent of women get stretch marks during the second or third trimester of their pregnancy.
Are the rest of the moms holding out on a secret they aren’t sharing with us? No, the secret is in their genes. Genetics plays a big role in whether you will get to wear your stripes of honor. If your mother got stretch marks during pregnancy, it is likely that you will get them as well.
Stretch marks are a normal change of the body during pregnancy and there is no guaranteed method to avoid them completely. Although there is no way to prevent stretch marks, this may not stop you from buying creams or lotions that promise to do just that.
Don’t be fooled by their claim to keep your belly as smooth as a baby’s bottom! However, moisturizing is good for your growing belly as it may help with the itchiness or feel of your skin. Drinking lots of water and staying hydrated may also help.
Many providers may say the best way to reduce stretch marks is by diet, exercise, and regular massages of your belly that you can do yourself.
Stretch marks may never go away completely, but over time they will fade and become less noticeable. Be patient with your body after your baby is born. Stretch marks usually take six months to a year to before the visibility of them is significantly reduced.
If you are not pleased with the appearance of your stretch marks, you can talk to your doctor or dermatologist.
Many women feel proud of their stretch marks and may feel they are a “badge of motherhood.” After all, if you gain stretch marks during your pregnancy, you are in good company of millions of other mothers across the globe.