Ugh. Wondering what you're going to do with those ugly and annoying streaks on your belly (and everywhere else it seems!)? Find out how to prevent stretch marks and get rid of the ones you already have.
What can I do to prevent stretch marks?
Sorry, there are no surefire ways to prevent stretch marks -- but there are a few measures you can take. No hard evidence supports that lotions and creams work, but moisturizing and staying hydrated by drinking lots of water are great ways to protect your skin’s elasticity.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have stretch marks?
“I just woke up with my first stretch mark, and I’m freaking out. I’ve been massaging my stomach with the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula cream that’s specifically for pregnant women. I know they’re one of those things that come with the territory; however, I’d like to do everything I can to keep them at a minimum.”
“I tried everything to prevent them with my first pregnancy, but that didn’t help. What does help fade them is time. I started using Bio-Oil before I got pregnant again, and I think it helped with the appearance.”
“Neither of my grandmothers nor my mother got stretch marks, but I got them with my first pregnancy. I will say, though, that they do fade. You can hardly see mine anymore, and they were horrible and covered 90 percent of my stomach during my first pregnancy.”
Are there any other resources for stretch marks?
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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Are stretch marks permanent?
Skin Changes During Pregnancy
How to Love Your Postbaby Body
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