There are a lot of products on the market for new mothers trying to get rid of unsightly stretch marks, but what about trying to prevent stretch marks during your pregnancy?

There is no way you can guarantee the absence of stretch marks on your post-pregnancy belly, but you can increase your odds of not developing them by living as healthy as possible throughout your pregnancy.

The Cause of Stretching

Stretch marks are caused by the skin stretching to accommodate the growing stomach during pregnancy. The skin does not snap right back into place like a rubber band, and when you do work it back into place the marks may remain.

It is believed that these marks may be hereditary, so some women may be destined to suffer more than others. They are also caused by rapid weight gain, so controlling your weight can control your chancesof developing the marks.

Dry skin may also show more marks than well hydrated skin, which is why cocoa butter and other moisturizing creams are marketed so heavily to pregnant women.

How to Prevent Stretch Marks Naturally

stretch marks during pregnansyThere is no miracle cream that can ensure you do not develop stretch marks. Cocoa butter, bio-oil, and other products will keep the skin hydrated and that definitely helps the skin stretch smoothly and more comfortably.

You may experience a lot of itching as your skin stretches, and these lotions always help relieve that discomfort. They just can’t prevent you from developing stretch marks.

The best thing you can do to prevent stretch marks is to live as healthy as possible throughout your pregnancy. If you gain more weight than recommended by your doctor, your chances are much higher of developing stretch marks. The faster you gain weight, the more likely you are to develop marks as well.

In order to control your overall weight gain and the rate of weight gain, you have to follow a healthy diet and exercise on a daily basis. You don’t want to go on a strict diet or get too aggressive with your exercise. The goal is to eat a diet rich in vegetables and fruit with whole grains and lean protein. Stay away from saturated fats, heavily processed foods, and sugary treats.

Drinking a lot of water and staying away from drinks with artificial sweeteners will help as well. You should discuss exercise with your doctor to make sure you are keeping your body healthy and controlling weight without putting the growing baby in danger.

It doesn’t hurt to use cocoa butter, bio-oil, or other hydrating products directly on the skin as well. Just don’t count on any product to take the place of weight control.

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