Ten Ways to Get Rid Of Stretch Marks during Pregnancy
There is one thing about pregnancy which almost every woman talks about and that is those ugly stretch marks which become permanent. Stretch marks are a common problem which occurs to many women. However, some women are lucky enough not to get them at all. These are fine lines that appear on your stomach, inner thighs, breasts and belly bottom. Apart from pregnancy, stretch marks can also appear due to hormonal changes or excessive weight gain in a short period of time.
Why do you get stretch marks in pregnancy?
During pregnancy, your skin stretches over your growing body. This stretching leads to appearance of fine lines. The stretch marks become more prominent after delivery as your skin become less elastic. However, they will probably fade with time.
How to get rid of these stretch marks?
We understand your impatience for removing the stretch marks. However, you need to be patient as they cannot be eliminated instantly or completely. The best way to deal with stretch marks is to start the treatment as early as you see the first lines during or after pregnancy.
Here, we describe some home remedies which, if used during or after pregnancy, can help you in fighting this issue during your pregnancy.
- Oils: One reason for getting stretch marks is dry skin. Try to keep your skin as moist as possible. Massage your abdomen area, thighs, chest and belly with body oils. The most highly recommended oil is olive oil. You can also try essential oil massage by mixing a few drops of lavender, rose or Germanium oil in your regular almond or coconut oil. Vitamin E oil, avocado oil and castor oil are other recommended oils for massaging your body during pregnancy.
- Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is the most common and popular herb available everywhere. The fresh gel from the plant works great in treatment of stretch marks. The gel will heal and soothe your skin.
- Shea butter/cocoa butter: Vitamin E is always considered best for the skin treatments. Shea butter is a rich source of vitamin E and carotene which helps in improving the elasticity of the skin. On regular application, it can reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Similarly, cocoa butter keeps your skin moist and prevents dryness. Wash after use and repeat the process regularly.
- Egg whites: It is said that egg whites help in rejuvenating the skin. So, try egg white on the stretch marks and watch your marks fade away gradually.
- Potato juice: It may sound surprising but potato juice helps in the treatment of stretch marks. Cut a potato in half and rub it on your skin. After 10-15 minutes, when it gets absorbed completely, wash the area.
- Healthy diet: Undoubtedly, nothing will work without a healthy diet. Take a diet rich in vitamin E, Vitamin C and proteins. These vitamins help in increasing collagen production, improving elasticity and encouraging tissue repair and growth.
- Exercise: Try exercises which work on the areas where you are getting stretch marks. This will help in toning the area so that your skin does not look saggy post pregnancy and stretch marks are not that prominent.
- Adequate amount of water: Skin responds best to the water treatment. Drink 10-12 glasses of water a day and you will realize that you will not come across any skin problems including stretch marks.
- Sugar scrub: This homemade scrub helps in exfoliating your skin. Mix a little amount of sugar with lemon juice and almond oil. Rub on the stretch marks properly. You will see the results in a few days.
- Lemon juice: Lemon juice helps in reducing stretch mark appearance due to its acidic properties.
Apart from these home remedies, your doctor may recommend other ointments and creams to treat the stretch marks. However, the best option is always to go for home remedies to be on the safer side.
Pregnancy is the happiest stage of a woman’s life, so we always try to advise you best to ensure a healthy pregnancy. The most important thing among all is your prenatal tests which are important to know the health of the mother and the baby. If your doctor has advised you a genetic prenatal test, you must go for NACE (Non-invasive Analysis for Chromosomal Examination). This is a screening test for chromosomal abnormalities in the developing fetus. It tests the mother’s blood for any cell free fetal-DNA circulating in the plasma. You can rely on this test as it is safe, risk-free and non-invasive.