Pregnancy is one of the happiest moments of a woman’s life, but it is also a difficult phase. As the baby grows inside the womb, you can observe changes in the size of the abdomen. The muscles in the abdomen expand and the skin stretches with the baby growing inside the womb. This finally leads to stretch marks. These stretch marks are not permanent and it will disappear if treated in the right time. Stretch marks are very normal and it can be removed by following simple natural remedies.
Stretch mark occurs when our body suddenly gains or losses excess weight. During pregnancy, our body gains a lot of weight which results in stretch marks.
When the stretch marks in pregnancy appear, it is always advisable to cure them as early as possible. That’s because when the stretch marks are at an early stage, they respond best to the treatment.
There are many chemical and surgical treatments available to remove the stretch marks like vascular laser, fractional laser treatment, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) etc. However these treatments have a lot of risks and are expensive.
Reason Behind Stretch Marks:
Stretch marks happen when the skin can’t keep up with the pace with which the body grows during pregnancy. This causes the elastic fibers just under the surface of the skin to break resulting in stretch marks. Growing fast can leave you with stretch marks on your belly and breasts, since these are the two areas where stretch mark occur the most.
Stretch marks can show up on the thighs, buttocks and upper arms as well. The marks are reddish or purple at the beginning but it fades after pregnancy and it becomes white or gray. When the stretch marks are red, purple or brightly colored they are called striae rubra, during this phase the stretch marks are easier to treat. Once it fades and become silvery white, at this point they are known as striae alba, it becomes very difficult to treat them.
If your mother had these stretch marks you will also get it, since genetics also play a role. You may have skipped stretch marks during adolescence, but you can’t avoid it during pregnancy. Neither there are any preventive measures. All you can do is to treat those stretch marks when it first appears. Those who have light complexion will get pinkish stretch marks but those who have darker complexion will get a stretch mark that is lighter than their skin tone. If not treated they become scars that can bother you later.
The best thing you can do is to keep your skin hydrated always. This will prevent dryness and itchiness during pregnancy. This can minimize the number of stretch marks on your skin.
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