Striae gravidarum (stretch marks developing during pregnancy) occur in 50% to 90% of women. They appear as red or purple lines or streaks that fade slowly to leave pale lines or marks on the skin. The abdomen, breasts and thighs are commonly affected.
Sometimes they’re just faint silvery lines, but other times, they’re so deep they look like the Grand Canyon. You could ride a Ducati down some of those things.
While not medically dangerous, Striae gravidarum can be disfiguring, causing emotional and psychological distress. Hence one of the greatest fears associated with pregnancy isn’t that of childbirth, it’s the fear of getting stretch marks.
- Don’t Panic It’s All Normal
- How To Deal With Striae gravidarum
- What will Work?
- Will Surgery Work?
- Frequently Asked Questions
1. Don’t Panic It’s All Normal
Surprisingly, Striae gravidarum is not caused by weight gain, but is usually the result of the stretching of normal skin. It is very little you can do to prevent them, and there may be a genetic predisposition or component to whether or not you get them.
Although they’re quite common in pregnancy, anyone with skin is a candidate for getting them. Bodybuilders get them because of their increased muscle size. People who have gained a great deal of weight can get them as well.
2. How To Deal With Striae gravidarum
There’s not a lot you can do to prevent stretch marks. If you don’t believe me, you can do your own research. I’ll bet that the only people who tell you otherwise are those who are trying to sell you something to prevent them.
There is a vast array of products out there promising to keep your pregnant skin free of stretch marks. I’ve seen some exotic ones that contain sheep placenta and snail extract.
I can’t imagine that they actually work, but I have to admit, I’ve never seen a stretch mark on a sheep or a snail.
Unfortunately, unlike most pregnancy ailments occurring in pregnancy, stretch marks don’t go away after the baby is born. They do, however, tend to fade over time.
Luckily, stretch marks usually contain themselves to your stomach and your breasts so they’re easy to hide from the public. Yes, your hubby will see them, but with the extra moles, spider veins, and broken capillaries that pregnancy brings, the stretch marks should blend in quite well.
So I have warned you about products for treating stretch marks. But still you can try a few of these, maybe they are helpful.
a. Diet and Exercise to prevent Stretch Marks
Now we know an increase in weight is one contributing factor for Striae gravidarum. Accordingly, a healthy diet and regular exercise may play a role in Striae gravidarum prevention
Stretching exercises, such as aerobics, may be beneficial in this regard. Try these but after consulting the doctor and getting proper training.
b. Topical Modalities
Centella is a medicinal plant found in south asia. Many creams have extracts of centella. Centella helps in forming fibroblasts which will help in preventing Stretch Mark.
d. Almond oil
Oils have moisturizing properties, and massage may stimulate blood flow to the skin. Bitter Almond oil will be better than any other almond oil products.
e. Hyaluronic acid
Creams containing hyaluronic acids can be used for preventing Stretch marks. Those cream also contain Vitamin A and Vitamin E. Hyaluronic acid also stimulates fibroblastic activity.
Tretinoin mostly used for acne can be helpful in preventing and treating Striae Gravidarum. This is mostly helpful in reddish Stretch Marks. It increases collagen formation.
g. Cocoa butter
Cocoa butter is a natural fat derived from cocoa beans, which grow on the tree cocoa.you can use it along with vitamin E to prevent these marks. It has emollient properties which might be helpful in reducing marks.
h. Olive Oil
Olive Oil is another agent that people use to reduce marks. You can also use it along with vitamin E like cocoa butter. It has emollient properties which might be helpful in reducing marks.
3. What will Work?
Giving birth in itself is a huge task.After all you are bringing a life in this world. In this scenario anxiety regarding Stretch marks is useless.
For me the only thing which will work is acceptance of these marks. Be confident and accept them, believe me they are not that ugly.
You will give birth to such a lovely child that infront of his/her smile you will surely forget all these marks.
4. Will Surgery Work?
Certainly surgery can be your last modality. But never undergo laser or any kind of surgery during pregnancy. It will be harmful for your child.
After child birth you can try some carbon laser surgery. you can easily consult your healthcare provider for the same.
Striae gravidarum have no adverse health implications though they have negative psychological effects on you.In market you can find several treatments. Don’t get into the trap, just chill and take it normal.
You can try some of the products above. If they work its bonus if not then its fine. Focus on the baby, good food and health all others are secondary.
Meet the people around you. Listen to their story of marks. You will find everyone has that and everyone has their way to hide them. So relax and enjoy your pregnancy.
You may also like to read: Amazing 9+ Stretch Mark Creams For Pregnancy-2020
6. Frequently Asked Questions
Ans 1. Its really difficult.The best way for pregnant women to prevent stretch marks is to gain pregnancy weight slowly and steadily.
Ans 2.Bitter Almond oil have shown some promising results in preventing stretch marks during pregnancy.
Ans 3 Stretch marks usually occurs in 7th to 8th month of pregnancy.
Ans 4. It is not necessary always. But yes there are chances that they disappears after weight loss.