Dealing with Stretch Marks
If there were a surefire way to prevent stretch marks it would be well-known, but unfortunately there is no way to completely prevent them. Stretch marks have a genetic factor, so if your family seems susceptible to them then you’re likely to get them, as well. Although they are common during pregnancy, stretch marks can appear at any time in a person’s life as their body grows.
Even though they’re not completely avoidable, there are some things you can do to help your skin’s elasticity and reduce the visibility of stretch marks. Here are some tips:
Drinking lots of water to keep your skin healthy may improve your skin’s elasticity to help it avoid breaking when stretched. Of course, drinking water during pregnancy is very important for a host of health reasons, so make it a priority to stay hydrated.
Eating foods high in the nutrients that form collagen, including riboflavin, niacin, Vitamins C, D, zinc, and silica, may help keep your skin healthy, as well. Eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables can help ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need to stay healthy during pregnancy. Be sure to discuss any dietary plans or changes with your doctor to ensure its safety.
Getting your blood pumping can help improve your circulation, which is not only important for your skin’s health, but can also help reduce the chances of developing varicose veins and swelling. Talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine during pregnancy.
Talk to your Doctor
While you can’t completely prevent stretch marks from appearing, you can take steps to reduce their visibility. Talk to your doctor about safe ways to minimize their appearance if this is important to you. There are in-office treatments available from a dermatologist and various topical products that may be effective.
Our bodies change every day, and will continue to do so until the end of our lives. When we focus our energy on preventing these changes, or let it affect our self-esteem, we may miss out on better uses of our energy that are more fulfilling. Embracing your body for all it has done and all that it is can help you manage the changes of pregnancy and any other changes you may face in life, and help you live a happier, more peaceful life of self-acceptance.
Did you get stretch marks during pregnancy? How did you deal with them?
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