Preventing Stretch Marks

24 Jan

Just because the statistics say you might get stretch marks, doesn’t mean you have to lie down and accept it. There is a lot more things you can do to prevent them than you make think. Here is a checklist for what to do pre- and post pregnancy to keep them away.

  • Yes, genetics plays a part, if your mother has stretch marks you might or you might not
  • Drink plenty of  water, its important to drink half your body weight in water (if you weigh 120 lbs drink = 60 ounces of water), if you don’t like the taste of water, I’m sorry there is NO alternative, you need to do this for you and baby, however I like to add lemons or limes to my water in general to add a nice flavor
  • Also, include eating more food with higher water levels (think fruits and veggies) and plenty of protein
  • Gently exfoliate your skin – with an organic/all-natural (Chemicals are never safe, but are super dangerous during pregnancy) scrub or dry body brush after showering
  • Also, apply oils to your skin that lock in moisture (make a combination of oils to get the best benefit and Vitamin E oil is proven very effective, just don’t apply it straight – I suggest mixing oils to get the most benefits from each) A great mixture include: Coconut Oil, Vitamin E oil, and Argan or Sea Buckthorne Oil all of which you can purchase here. I then suggest mixing these in a glass jar with lid and store in a cool dry place.
  • Then apply a moisturizer/ stretch mark prevention cream from an all natural skincare line – to leave your skin soft and supply (remember stretch marks are little tears in the skin due to lack of elasticity)
  • Wear a baby support bandage check out this one
  • Now, remember to continue to do this routine after your beautiful baby is born, skin still needs that pampering in order to properly hydrate and prevent marks
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