How to Prevent Stretch Marks
Pregnancy brings about a whole lot of changes in body. Stretch marks are one of those changes that are not welcomed and are difficult to get rid of. Women get stretch marks on legs, thighs, tummy, sides and lower back. These areas undergo a lot of strain and stretch marks are formed. There is no home remedy and other product that can make these marks fade away completely. But you can adopt preventive measures that will help in making stretch marks less prominent.
Everybody is advised to eat a healthy diet during pregnancy and it helps in preventing stretch marks. You should eat meals that are full of vitamins A and E. Vitamin A repairs tissues and vitamin E nourishes and protects skin. Besides vitamins, anti-oxidants should be present in your food in good amount as these protect skin against damage. For glowing and healthy skin omega 3 is also a must and you should never skip it during pregnancy.
Scrubbing your skin twice a week helps in removing dead skin and new layers of skin come to the surface. Exfoliation also improves blood circulation. You can use a soft body brush, loofah or exfoliating gloves. Scrub every area that is prone to stretch marks. After scrubbing, bath with lukewarm water and moisturise your skin.
Moisturising your skin superficially is essential as well as you should keep it hydrated from within. For the purpose you should drink lots of water. You can also drink green tea. Include fruits rich in water content in your diet. All these will contribute towards making your skin less prone to the stress caused by stretching.
If you are allowed to exercise during pregnancy then make it a point to exercise regularly. This will not only keep your body healthy by keeping your weight in check and providing much needed flexibility but it will also reduce the appearance of stretch marks. When you gain less weight, there are less marks. Exercises with low impact and yoga is good for pregnant ladies.
You can start using commercially available creams and oils on your skin as soon as the stretch marks appear. Cocoa butter, coconut oil and sesame oils are good options. You can also try Bio Oil as it is light and specifically meant for the purpose. These products do not make your marks disappear but they do help in lightening them.
You can check out Anamika’s review of Bio Oil in this video.