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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Stretch Marks

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

Plus more from The Bump:

Are stretch marks permanent?

Skin Changes During Pregnancy

How to Love Your Postbaby Body

-- Paula Kashtan

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