Stretch Marks Pregnancy

Stretch marks occur when expanding skin is stretched to its limit and tiny tears appear in the supporting layers of skin. Stretch marks are quite common in pregnancy; about 50-90% of women will get stretch marks on their abdomen, breasts, thighs or buttocks during pregnancy. However, there are ways to get rid of those stretch marks.

Stretch MarksWhat Causes Stretch Marks?
Your chances of getting pregnancy stretch marks depend on a number of factors. Family history makes a difference-if your mother got stretch marks, chances are you'll have them too. Ethnicity is another matter - women with darker skin are less likely to get stretch marks. Weight gain and weight loss can also change the magnitude of your marks. Be sure to keep yourself hydrated, as this will help your skin stretch.

Permanent Solutions
If you are really bothered by your stretch marks after your pregnancy, you can always look into plastic surgery for stretch marks. The most common treatment is laser surgery for stretch marks, but don't be fooled by the name. This is actually an out-patient procedure used in the removal of stretch marks that has little to no recovery period involved.

Alternatively, if you don't like the sound of a stretch marks laser, you can take advantage of blue light therapy for stretchmark removal. This treatment uses gel and light to remove your stretch marks.

What Can I Do About Stretch Marks?
The best solution for getting rid of stretch marks varies from woman to woman. Another option available to women seeking to remove stretch marks is using a cream, like cocoa butter cream. This works by saturating your skin with moisture.

A good way to get rid of stretch marks is to help repair the collagen and elastin growth in your skin. Specially formulated stretchmark creams aim to rebuild the structure and promote the rejuvenation of your skin's layers. These natural creams contain cocoa butter, wheat germ oil and lanolin to help heal and moisturize your skin. One popular stretch mark cream even offers a money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied!

For a more detailed look at other treatments, see the section on stretch marks. Remember to also look into preventing stretch marks before they occur, as preventative measures will help reduce the degree to which you experience stretch marks after birth.

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