Google+ Authentic Parenting: How To Prevent Stretch Marks (rerun)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

How To Prevent Stretch Marks (rerun)

Pregnancy is one of the most wonderful periods in a woman's life. Yet it can come with a bitter aftertaste in the shape of stretch marks. Once they are installed there is very little to be done, so your main focus should be on prevention. Of course, everyone is different and no method is foolproof, but at least with the following tips, you will be able to keep the occurence of stretch marks to a minimum.


  • The key to stretch mark prevention is moisturizing. You should really take the time to moisturize every morning, evening and everytime you shower or take a bath. Make a little ritual out of it, light a scented candle in the bedroom (if they don't make you nauseaus) and let your hubby give you a soft massage every evening.
  • Drink a lot of water or herbal teas. You want to moisturize yourself from within as well as from the outside.
  • In the morning: apply a natural oil. Argan oil, Almond oil or coconut oil can work miracles. Natural oils penetrate the skin rapidly, so you can get dressed quickly after without staining your clothes.
  • In the evening you can benefit from the hours of sleep to give your body the royal treatment. Use a rich product, like natural shea butter. By morning your skin will be soft and supple.
  • After showering or baths a body lotion is the best product to use.
  • Use bath oil when you want to soak for a while. They prevent your skin from dehydration.
  • Wash yourself with moisturizing showergel or cream. Everything to keep the epedermis moisturized is a plus.
  • Apply these products to hips, belly, breasts, thighs, back and behind, these are the regions that are most affected by stretching. (Even though some women also stretch at the arms... again, it all depends on your skin and how much weight you gain, every person is different.)
  • Keep up this routine after giving birth. Not only does it force you to take a minute for yourself, your body will keep changing after your baby comes.
  • Special stretch mark creams and ointments are nothing more than these raw ingredients, with a heap of other things added. They don't work the miracles they promise.


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