Minimize stretch marks in 6 simple steps during pregnancy
Face it, you’ve dreaded those stretch marks that are sometimes a part of the pregnancy experience. Well, if it’s happened to you, know that you are not alone. Almost all first time mommies are scared of the ‘S’ word.
Face it, you’ve dreaded to minimize those stretch marks that are sometimes a part of the pregnancy experience. The thought of the changes that your body will go through may have given you countless nightmares. Well, if it has happened to you, know that you are not alone. Almost all first time mommies are scared of the ‘S’ word.
Pregnancy, though one of the major factors contributing to stretch marks, is definitely not the only one. It’s a popular belief that only women get stretch marks, however the truth is that men get them as well. It can occur when the skin changes shape suddenly and unexpectedly.
During pregnancy, the skin stretches a lot of give room to your growing womb and in this process, there is a lot of wear and tear involved. The skin, when growing, may damage its collagen which is the main component that gives it the elasticity. During the wear and tear of the skin, if the collagen gets damaged, it may begin to form.
As the shape of the body changes through the progression of pregnancy, the skin loses more and more collagen and the stretch marks seem to increase.
In the beginning, these marks are deep red or purple in color and have a bruise-like appearance. You may see them appearing on your belly, thighs, breasts and buttocks. With time, the dark red or purple color of the stretch marks gives way to silver colored marks on your skin. It's mostly not harmful. However, they do mar the appearance of your skin.
Here’s how to help minimize stretch marks when you’re pregnant:
- The first step is to detect them early. When fresh, it is easier to deal with them. However, as they grow older and begin to fade, they may begin to settle in your skin and it will be harder for you to then get rid of them.
- Take your favorite moisturizer (any mild one will do) and use it to massage the areas where stretch marks have begun to appear. Massage the area several times a day.
- Exfoliate your skin regularly with a gentle exfoliate. There are many ready made exfoliates in the market. NTUC has tons and you can pick one that suits your skin type the next time you go shopping for groceries. You can also make your own exfoliate using dried and powdered orange peel and yoghurt.
- Take your supplements. Vitamin E helps repair and replenish collagen. A daily dose of Vitamin E or a massage with Vitamin E oils can help you reduce the appearance of these stretch marks. Wheat germ oil, cosmetic products that contain peptides, and retinoids are some of the other products that may work on your skin. However, their efficacy is not known.
- Drink lots of water. This way, you will keep your skin hydrated.
- Exercise regularly when you are pregnant. A lot of women avoid any kind of exercise and take long periods of rest. This could be detrimental to your overall health as well as the health of your skin. Take a stroll for a few minutes everyday. If you want, you can even enroll yourself in a special yoga class for pregnant women.