Pregnancy can bring a woman many different emotions, first being the excitement of bringing a life into this world, second the awesome journey of becoming a mom and third all the ups and downs of the emotional roller coaster along the way!
One of the most common question women ask is, “Am I going to get Stretch Marks?” Here’s the answer…we don’t know, but you can take steps to help minimize and/or prevent them all together.
A lot of pregnant women think “because I pregnant, I can eat anything I want”. This is not the case and is actually the leading cause of stretch marks. Weight gain during pregnancy in inevitable, with that said, eating the right foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, proteins and dairy, can have a significant impact on how much weight you may gain and how fast. Gaining weight gradually allows your skin to slowly stretch and gives it a chance to acclimate. The more rapid the weight gain, the higher chance of stretch marks, so, make sure to stay away from processed foods as much as possible.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Your need to consume approximately 2 liters (10-12 glasses) of water a day during pregnancy to stay properly hydrated. Without adequate water, your skin will not be able to retain its elasticity and remain soft which will lead to stretch marks. Avoid excessive pop, coffee and even tea because they contain caffeine, a major culprit of dehydration.
Moisturize Your Skin
Moisturizing your skin is critical to preventing stretch marks. Natural oils such as vitamins A & E, almond, coconut, olive, coco butter, and shea butter will help your skin maintain the correct amount of nutrients allowing it to expand easier. A added benefit to using these oils and creams is they are all natural (I recommend Organic) and are safe for you and your baby!
Massage Problem Area
Massaging areas that are prone to stretch marks such as the stomach, hip areas, thighs and breasts will help increase blood circulation to the skin. It is very important to gently massage these areas all through out pregnancy and even after your beautiful baby is born! You can even get your spouse or partner to help you out for a great bonding experience!