Pregnancy and Stretch Marks

Pregnancy and stretch marks have nothing to do with playing the piano but they are something that concerns a lot of women including me. I have known of many mothers who were not as confident with their bodies compared to before they got pregnant. And it was all because of stretch marks.

Based on what I read online, stretch marks on breasts, belly and other parts of the body as a result of pregnancy can be treated. And I would like to share this information to other women who may not have experienced this problem yet.

Stretch marks are pink or purplish narrow streak-like lines that you could see on the surface of the skin. They normally appear in the tummy, thighs and breasts as the pregnancy progresses. Normally, they are preceded by itchiness around the affected area. While stretch marks are normally associated with pregnancy, they could also affect other non-pregnant women and even men. They normally appear whenever there is stretching of the skin as a result of a growth spurge or weight loss. But pregnant women are more prone to stretch marks because of the hormonal changes they experience apart from the growing size of their belly and weight gain.

The human skin is composed of three layers namely, the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutis, which are the outer layer, middle layer and inner layer respectively. Stretch marks develop in the middle layer after sudden stretching of the skin over a short period of time like during pregnancy. This stretching causes the dermis to break, forming the marks.

Eighty percent of pregnant women are likely to be affected by stretch marks. The risk factors include your skin type as well as how you care for your skin during pregnancy. It is important to note that while the marks will gradually fade after childbirth, they will not completely go away even after treatment. That is why prevention is always the best when it comes to stretch marks.

You are likely to develop stretch marks if you are gaining in weight more than you should. Your doctor should be able to advice you about your ideal weight during certain stages in pregnancy. You can achieve this by observing a balanced diet.

During pregnancy, it is also important to moisturize your skin since dry skin is more prone to stretch marks. There are moisturizing lotions which are specially formulated for the needs of pregnant women. Also, keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

A review of two studies looking at two specific creams marketed to prevent stretch marks found that massaging the skin may possibly help to prevent stretch marks in pregnancy. Some women can also attest that massaging their skin with a lotion or cream helps them prevent stretch marks. Massaging helps improve blood circulation which in turn encourages the growth of healthy skin tissues.

However, some women, despite doing preventive measures may still develop stretch marks, but only to a lesser degree than those women who did nothing about them. If you have stretch marks and are curious on how to remove them, there are moisturizing lotions and creams that can help make the marks less noticeable though not be totally eliminated.

As a woman or someone who has concern for women, share this information to others so that they can also prevent stretch marks.