Pregnancy Week by Week

Get a window on what’s happening in your pregnancy, week by week. From week four to week 42, your baby is experiencing a miraculous transformation from a clump of cells to a fully formed (and totally cute) newborn. Just imagine, as early as five weeks, your baby is already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, and kidneys) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous). By eight weeks, your raspberry-sized womb-mate is moving her arms and legs. At the beginning of your second trimester (week 14), your wee one is sucking his thumb. By week 28, the first week of the third trimester, baby (now as big as an eggplant) is prepping for breathing, developing his eyesight and packing on pounds in anticipation of life outside the womb. Each week is a new miracle. Less miraculous is how a mom-to-be may feel. Pregnancy Week-by-Week charts your baby’s development but also lets mom know what she might be feeling during each week of her pregnancy. Pregnancy week by Week includes everything mom needs to know to feel a sense of control over her pregnancy. Each week offers a complete guide to what you might feel, your must-do’s, your nice-to do’s, and answers and advice on everything pregnancy-related. Plus each week’s guide offers tips on maintaining a healthy and comfortable pregnancy from strategies on coping with pregnancy symptoms (morning sickness anyone?) to ideas for healthy eating, and pointers on talking to your OB. Let us guide you along your pregnancy, week by week.

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Are stretch marks permanent?

Ugh, please tell me these stretch marks aren’t permanent. Will they go away?

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Ugh, please tell me these stretch marks aren’t permanent. Will they go away?

The Bump Expert

About 90 percent of women develop stretch marks (aka striae) during pregnancy. Stretch marks are actually tiny tears in the skin that usually appear on the tummy, breasts, hips and thighs. Luckily, stretch marks are normally one of the first signs of pregnancy to fade after baby is born (whew!).

But there’s some bad news: While stretch marks are likely to fade, they may never disappear altogether. Just how long they’ll stick around and how drastic they’ll look will depend on a combination of factors. The first one is heredity. If your mom has stretch marks, you’ll be more likely to get them and keep them yourself. Next is the way you got those marks. High levels of the hormones estrogen and relaxin can cause more severe stretch marks. So can greater weight gain, since the longer a distance your skin stretches, the worse the stretch marks will probably be.

There are ways to combat the marks. The best defense against striae is to gently massage the skin with a moisturizer as much as possible during pregnancy and recovery. Look for ones with skin-strengthening ingredients like essential fatty acids. You won’t know for sure if the stretch marks will disappear until after you give birth, but at least you can take some extra precautions.

Plus, more from The Bump:
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Kim Walls is the founder and CEO of Episencial

Kim Walls, CEO of Episencial

Are stretch marks permanent?

I have found that some women never get them, some get them and they fade away nicely, and for others... they never go away completely or fade very well at all. I think it depends on genetics. Whatever you do, DO NOT BUY Mederma for stretch marks. I wasted $80 on 2 bottles and it does not work at all. Tummy Butter by Palmers has worked for me and has helped my marks to fade quite well. If you purchase anything, I reccomend the Tummy Butter which is around $4 instead of $40 for a product that does not work!

Autumn Leaf |

Are stretch marks permanent?

To prevent or get rid of them I have used a combination of cocoa butter, shea butter, and extra virgin olive oil. Works GREAT.

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Are stretch marks permanent?

I used the stretch mark cream from this company and was so impressed that I have continued using their products after baby for weight loss, toning of the extra skin, detoxing and overll feeling GREAT!!!! Check it out! www.novallisitworks.com

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