5 Ways To Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks
Roughly 9 in 10 women will see the appearance of pregnancy stretch marks after the pregnancy. Age, rapid weight gain, genetics and daily routines are just a few factors that contribute to the appearance of marks, and unfortunately, no one is immune to getting them. There are ways, however, to prevent excessive lines and minimize their appearance later.
What causes pregnancy stretch marks?
Skin cells are always at work and as the body grows, the new skin is created. Elastin, the protein that gives skin its elastic-like properties, is damaged during extremely rapid tissue growth, and since new skin isn’t able to regenerate as quickly, stretch marks appear.
A few additional characteristics that lead to stretch marks include:
Getting pregnant later in life, starting in your 30s
Bursts of weight gain.
It runs in the family
Are stretch marks preventable?
No cream, oil, or treatment is able to stop stretch marks 100% in their tracks. There are some women, however, who do elude them. The key is to prevent the extreme cases with early care.
These 5 tips will help you prevent and/or reduce stretch marks naturally.
1. Drink lots of water.
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Hydration is paramount for healthy skin. Remember, the skin is the largest organ in the body. When you drink the recommended amount of water each day, not only do you moisturize your skin from the inside out, but it helps remove impurities that may cause marks, blemishes, and lines. Water also helps you feel fuller, and may curb snacking binges that contribute to excessive weight gain.