Monday, 14 March 2016

HOW TO AVOID STRETCH MARKS DURING PREGNANCY

Stretch marks are increasingly becoming a scourge and women are the most affected due to the changes their bodies go through during adolescence and pregnancy. These are the two factors widely accepted as the major causes
of stretchmarks followed by genetics, body building exercises and the use of certain steroid creams/lotions.

Recently, there seems to be a demand for ointments and treatments to fade off stretchmarks and so many skin care companies have come up with several products promising to cure stretch marks. whether that is possible or not, I'm yet to find out as it takes quite a long time for the marks to completely fade off. My concern however, is to enlighten us (women) on the various ways to avoid stretch marks through out their pregnancy.

First of all, let's be aware of the fact that during pregnancy, our skin does a lot of stretching due to weight gain and our abdomen stretching to accommodate the growing foetus inside of us. In order to keep the skin supple, moisturizing lotions and oils must be applied on the skin especially the abdomen and pelvic area to retain the skin's elasticity as it stretches because it is most prone to the development of stretch marks. Be sure to moisturize two to three times daily  for optimum results.

Drink lots of water. It is advisable to drink at least eight litres of water everyday. It keeps you hydrated and in turn also helps keep the skin moisturized. It is also important for the overall well being of you and your baby. Even for those who aren't pregnant, drinking lots of water is very good for your health.

Do not use toning/bleaching creams when you are pregnant. If you can, try as much as possible to keep it natural, that is, use products like coconut oil, Shea butter etc. Its one of the causes of stretchmarks among people who shouldn't ordinarily have it talk more of a pregnant person who is highly vulnerable.it could literally destroy your skin so please loose it!

Lastly, since stretch marks are as a result of the skin stretching due to increase in size, try as much as possible to control the weight gain. watch what you eat while pregnant because it may not just affect you but also the baby. Eat more of fruits, vegetables, sea foods and white meat as these are more healthy and equally nutritous but won't make you gain so much weight. Cut down on the carbohydrate and junk food as they could cause more harm than good.

I would like to point out though that not everybody is susceptible to having stretchmarks during pregnancy because it also depends on your skin type. People with dry or combination skin are more prone to having stretch marks as against those with oily skin as their skin already has enough moisture, but hey! Its better to be safe than sorry and as they say, "prevention is better than cure" so its good to take this preventive measures.

Here's wishing you a wonderful journey throughout your pregnancy and a safe delivery. *hugs*


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