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How to Combat Stretch Marks During and After Pregnancy

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Millennials now make up 80 percent of the 4 million who are giving birth in this country each year.(3) Many life-altering changes accompany pregnancy, such as new sleeping schedules and limitations to your personal freedom.

Another large part of pregnancy is the way your body transforms in order to hold the life now growing inside you.

As many as 90 percent of women get stretch marks by the end of their pregnancy, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.(1)

The areas most commonly affected are on the stomach, buttocks, thighs, breasts and hips. Unfortunately, these stretch marks are here to stay.

There is no way to completely rid your body of these marks, but the good news is that there are ways to drastically reduce their appearance, and ultimately they will fade in color over time.

Let’s take a look at some ways we can combat the appearance of stretch marks during pregnancy:

1) Moisturize

Itchiness and dry skin are associated with pregnancy and moisturizing daily will help combat these uncomfortable factors. During pregnancy, moisturizing will also help slow down the stretching of your skin.

Cocoa butter is a good moisturizer to turn to during pregnancy, but nothing will work miracles overnight.

2) Watch What You Eat

There’s no arguing that some serious, and sometimes weird, food cravings come with pregnancy. A healthy weight gain ranges between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy. It is important to take notice of how quickly you gain these pounds.

Gaining weight quickly may increase the amount of stretch marks that appear on your body. Remember to put these pounds on at a slow, steady and healthy rate.

3) What You Take In Counts

It is important to consume plenty of foods rich in vitamin C in order to nourish your skin from the inside. This may help to keep your skin toned and make it less vulnerable to stretch marks.

4) The Fullness of Time

Waiting can get tedious, but time is your best friend when it comes to seeing a difference in your skin.

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1) The Truth about Pregnancy Stretch Marks. Web MD. Retrieved November 10, 2016.

2) Pregnancy Stretch Marks. What to Expect. Retrieved November 10, 2016.

3) New Research: “The Millennial Generation Becomes Parents.” Millennial Marketing. Retrieved November 14, 2016.

4) Laser Stretch Mark Removal. StretchMarks.org. November 15, 2016.

5) Microdermabrasion. StretchMarks.org. November 15, 2016.

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I used dermelastic serum twice daily during my pregnancy, ended up with no stretch marks, not sure if i got lucky or if it was really due to dermelastic serum. I like the smell too being pregnant all the tummy rubs make me sick except this one. Definitely worth the money

December 7, 2016 - 9:32am
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