Most mums-to-be will get stretch marks during pregnancy. But they do tend to fade with time and below you’ll find some tips on how to help that fading process.
What are stretch marks?
They’re layers of stomach skin tearing, to allow your tummy to expand to give room to your new baby.
Why do stretch marks change colour?
As you go through your pregnancy, the stretch marks will darken. A few months after you’ve had your baby, the stretch marks may look more like your own skin colour.
Can I stop them from happening?
Whilst you can’t stop stretch marks appearing, the good news is that there are things you could try which may minimise their effects:
- Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, cereals and seeds.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Gain weight slowly and steadily – if you can.
- Exercise regularly to help control weight gain.
- Vitamin E helps the skin stay supple. You can massage your tummy, thighs and buttocks with a cream or oil that’s rich in Vitamin E.
How do I get rid of stretch marks?
There are no guaranteed ways of removing stretch marks. Even laser removal isn’t always 100% successful. Put simply, what works for one mum may not work for you. However, many therapists recommend daily massages with any of the following moisturisers, both during and after pregnancy:
- Wheat germ oil.
- Almond oil.
- Creams containing Vitamin E.
- Cocoa butter.