Preventing Pregnancy Stretch Marks
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Preventing Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Find out what factors make you more likely to get stretch marks—and what to do if they appear.
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April 25, 2017
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One of the most dreaded effects of pregnancy is stretch marks. From belly to bottom, stretch marks hit over half of pregnant women. Stretch marks happen because your skin is expanding at such a rapid rate, particularly in the sixth and seventh months.

You’re more likely to get stretch marks if you’re carrying multiples or a big baby or gained weight especially quickly. Genetics also play a factor—if your mother or sister got stretch marks, you probably will, too.

Although there are no surefire ways to prevent stretch marks, there are a few measures you can take. No hard evidence supports that lotions and creams work, but moisturizing and staying hydrated are great ways to protect your skin’s elasticity. The good news is, stretch marks should fade considerably in the months after you deliver. If you’re unhappy with your skin’s appearance postbaby, see a dermatologist for treatment options such as prescription creams and laser therapy.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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