The most common skin change that most pregnant woman experience is stretch marks. Stretch marks are separations of the outer layers of skin caused by the overstretching of underlying layers.The most commonly affected areas are the hips, abdomen, breasts, thighs and buttocks.
In pregnancy, heredity plays an important role in determining who will have and will not have stretch marks. If your mother has had them, chances are that you will get them too. There is no sure shot remedy for stretch marks as mostly they fade after delivery. The only way to avoid stretch marks is to prevent them. We recommend the following –
– Massage vitamin E or olive oil on your abdomen after a shower or bath from the start of your pregnancy. In case you skip a shower or bath, clean the area with a wet cloth and then apply the oil.
– Regular exercise helps to tone your muscles and keep your skin firm.
– Maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Consume plenty of proteins, vitamin C and E. Increase your intake of minerals such as zinc and silica to maintain healthy skin.
– Mix one ounce of sweet almond or jojoba oil with 7-8 drops of lavender and chamomile oils and massage it onto your abdomen.
– Avoid excessive weight gain by exercising and following an exercise regimen during pregnancy, you can avoid stretch marks.
– Use coco butter to massage your skin. Cocoa butter reduces stretch marks and helps to keep the skin supple.
– While massaging your body with body oil, add coconut and almond oil. Daily massage with Olive oil, flaxseed oil, cod liver oil or vitamin E oil after shower or before sleeping is an excellent home remedy for either preventing or treating stretch marks.
– To avoid stretch marks around breasts, wear a supportive maternity bra.
With these tips you should be well on your way to avoiding stretch marks during pregnancy.