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Stretch Marks 101: Prevention & Treatment

Stretch Marks 101: Prevention & Treatment

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Pregnancy is one of the most joyous occasions in your life. You are bringing a baby into the world and your focus shifts from yourself onto your child. However, it is important to remember that it is okay to take care of yourself.  There are many preventative measures to reduce some of the changes to your appearance that may occur during/after pregnancy, like stretch marks. If you already have stretch marks, there’s no need to worry; the XO Mom has got you covered. We’ve put together a list of tips to prevent and treat stretch marks. Lucky for you, there are a lot of techniques that can help you minimize your marks.

Prevention:

  1. Stay Hydrated– Drink Water: Pregnant or not, water is vital for maintaining our body’s functions and keeping us healthy. During pregnancy, drinking water is especially important when trying to prevent and minimize stretch marks because it will help keep your skin soft and hydrated. If you’re drinking caffeine, make sure to balance it out with some water

  2. Eat a nutrient-rich diet: You may be more susceptible to developing stretch marks if you lack nutrients in certain areas, so make sure you eat a wide variety of nutrient rich foods. You may want to speak with a doctor to find out which diet is right for you and your baby.

  3. Moisturize: Your skin needs to be more elastic than usual if want to minimize stretch marks. For pregnant women, moisturizing the stomach will help allow the skin to expand without tearing and forming stretch marks. For best results, moisturize after showering. Stretch marks are more susceptible to appear on dry skin, so investing in a good moisturizer may be worthwhile.

Treatment:

  1. Retinoid cream: Using a retinoid cream stemming from vitamin A. Using this cream will be useful for stretch marks because it can help rebuild collagen in your skin, reducing the appearance of your marks. Collagen also helps your skin maintain a youthful appearance, so it’s definitely worth looking into. Consult your doctor or dermatologist so you can pick the cream right for you.

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  2. Laser Treatment/light therapy: A more costly treatment to rid the stretch marks. Some people opt to get laser treatment from a licensed practitioner to treat their stretch marks. Pulsed dye lasers and intense pulsed light may improve the appearance of stretch marks and increase collagen production over time- helping your skin be smooth. Before getting this treatment, make sure you do your research and understand it may take up to 20 treatments to totally rid the marks. Consult a doctor to see if this treatment would work for you.

  3. Microdermabrasion. This type of treatment involves a hand-held device that blows crystals onto your skin. These crystals gently remove a fine layer of skin, which helps to promote the growth of new, more elastic skin.

If you’re experiencing stretch marks during or after your pregnancy, do not fret. Not only is it common among mothers, but there are plenty of prevention techniques and treatment options out there.

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