Stretch Marks From Pregnancy
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As if pregnancy and childbirth aren’t complicated enough, many women will look down at their belly during or after pregnancy to find lines, known as stretch marks, that weren’t there before.
The cause of stretch marks
Stretch marks are thin streaks in the skin, often appearing late in pregnancy when your tummy is at its biggest. As the name implies, these marks are caused by stretching the skin and interfering with its normal elasticity, leading to small tears in the skin tissue. Stretch marks may be red, purple, or brown. Although they typically occur over the belly area when associated with pregnancy, they may also occur on the hips, breasts, thighs and buttocks.
Who gets stretch marks
Approximately half of pregnant women will notice stretch marks during or after their pregnancy, and if the women in your family had them, that increases the chances that you too will be left with these pregnancy souvenirs. Women with fairer skin also tend to get stretch marks more than their dark-skinned counterparts.
Can stretch marks be prevented?
There isn’t much a pregnant woman can do to guarantee that her skin remains free of stretch marks, but keeping your skin moisturised with things like Vitamin E oil and eating a healthy diet may protect you to some degree.
Do stretch marks go away?
Once you have given birth, stretch marks do tend to fade in colour with time, and become less purple and more silvery grey.
The information in this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.