During pregnancy the skin keeps stretching. Its not only because of the developing baby but also due to mother gaining weight and accumulating fat. Due to this pressure is exerted on the skin. Many a times it happens that skin cells stretch beyond their normal limit. And even when the baby comes out not all the skin cells are not able to regain their normal size (especially those present on the belly and breasts) thus say hello to stretch marks.
Can pregnancy Stretch Marks be prevented?
Enjoy your motherhood you don’t have to worry about the appearance of stretch marks since they can be prevented (at least to some extent) by making early interventions once you and your partner have decided to extend your family and make a baby for yourself. There are a few lifestyle changes you need to make to your daily regimen to avoid and reduce the appearance of stretch marks on your body which of course are in sync with the changes you need to make to have a baby.
Tips to Prevent Post-Pregnancy Stretch Marks
Given below are a few tips to make sure that you are able to reduce and prevent the appearance of stretch marks.
1. Diet to avoid Post-Pregnancy Stretch Marks
Yes your diet is going to play a crucial role in helping you avoid the marks. The trick is to have a diet that is skin nourishing. If the skin gets ample of nourishment stretch marks will not appear and in case they appear they are going to fade away very soon.
Include fruits and vegetables like strawberries, blueberries, spinach, collard greens broccoli, avocados, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, carrots. Make sure to have a diet that is laden with oysters, eggs, walnuts, fish oil and fish. Apart from that you need to make sure that you have ample quantities of liquids. Water in the purest form is a great liquid to keep your skin in its best form.
2. Exercising your way to prevent Stretch marks
Exercises play a vital role in the prevention of Post pregnancy stretch marks. The idea is to strengthen the skin muscles.
Walking for a few minutes everyday will help you strengthen your skin muscles and increase the blood blow. You can keep walking till the time of the delivery depending upon the advice you receive from your doctor.
Apart from a brisk walk you can go in for aqua workouts and swimming. This will again help in strengthening the muscles. If you have not been swimming pre pregnancy avoid it after conception.
Moderate cardio and easy to do Yoga will be beneficial and soothing for you during your pregnancy and will have a far reaching impact on avoiding those post pregnancy stretch marks.
3. Natural Products that help in avoiding post pregnancy stretch marks
Supplements you need to have – Check with your doctor to be 100% sure and start taking supplements that replenish your body with Vitamin A, C, E and Zinc. Where Vitamin A will help in collagen formation, Vitamin C will ensure heal the scars and most important Vitamin E will prevent stretch marks from appearing. Zinc is responsible for generating collagen and helps in fighting stretch marks.
Make sure you talk to a dietitian and your gynecologist before including/excluding supplements which you are not sure of.
Creams will be your best friends
The application of anti stretch mark creams is going to help you in multiple ways. Of course it is going to help you prevent post pregnancy stretch marks it is also going to act as a soother for the itching that is caused during pregnancy due to the expanding tissues and muscles of the belly.
Here are some ingredients to look for: While choosing a cream make sure to look out for the ingredients that the cream has been made up of so that you know you are using the right thing on your body. Vitamin A, C, E along with collagen should be there to make sure that you receive ample care from inside and outside of the skin. Apart from that other ingredients that you should have in your stretch mark cream are – Aloe Vera, Cocoa Butter, DMAE, Glycol Acid, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Retinyl Palmitate, Shea Butter and Siegesbeckia Orientalis. Although all creams do not carry all the ingredients still it is good to have a few.