The truth is they're not entirely preventable, studies suggest that 75-90% of women will get stretch marks in their lifetime. Stretch marks are fine lines on the body that occur from tissue under your skin tearing from rapid growth or over-stretching affecting certain areas of the body. While they do not cause any significant medical problems they can be of cosmetic concern for some people. Pregnancy is a time of rapid growth as the skin stretches to accomodate growing a baby, while stretch marks aren't preventable there are measures you can take to alleviate the discomfort they bring [physically and mentally]. Check out our 5 tips below;
Drinking plenty of water daily, 3+ litres day will allow you skin cells to be hydration which helps with over elasticity of your skin and aides healthy skin cell regeneration.
For yonks women all over the world have sworn by moisturising morning and night to help the skin stay hydrated. We know that hydrated skin is more pliable, increasing its potential to stretch. Pure Mama's Belly Oil has been blended specifically to nourish for maximum growth and to keep skin pliable, added to that it is loaded with antioxidants, amino acids and Vitamin E which help to lock in moisture and keep skin hydrated. Remembering that moisturisers only work on the outer skin and that diet is important too.
3. Eat For Healthier Skin
Eating whole foods, foods high in antioxidants will provide nutrients essential for tissue repair and healing. Pregnancy is a time to load up on green leafy vegetables, foods rich in omega 3s such as avocado and almonds, it's also a time to consider taking some skin-supporting vitamins such as Vitamin C, E and Omega 3 fatty acids. Consult your medical practitioner first for guidance on supplements!
4. Move Your Body Daily
We are well versed in the benefits of exercise and in pregnancy the same remains true. Moving your body daily will be to your benefit in pregnancy and this will extend to labour, delivery and the fourth trimester too. Putting weight on in pregnancy is normal, remaining within a healthy range is something to be mindful of.
5. Start The Way You Intend To Go
Begin your pregnancy the way you intend to go with good hydration, nutrition and activity - listening to your body as it navigates the ebbs and flows of pregnancy. Treat yourself from time to time always remembering the beautiful work you are doing to grow a beautiful human.
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