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Avoiding stretch marks during pregnancy

Updated: Sep 28, 2019



As much as we like to say that the natural changes for a mother during pregnancy are beautiful and should be shown off---we also know that some of these changes are difficult for some women. Stretch marks are one of those changes that many women feel self conscious about---they're new and different. Many people view scars as marks from their pregnancy that they would rather not see/remember as a negative effect of pregnancy. Your beautiful baby is reminder enough of your body's capabilities.


One of the best ways to avoid/treat stretch marks is through consistent moisturizing. Whether you use the specialty stretch mark creams or your regular lotion---keeping your skin moisturized will allow it to stretch with your body without creating as many of the marks.


Besides lotions and creams, what else can you use?


You want to make sure your are getting enough vitamin E and vitamin D. Optimally, intake of these vitamins should be mainly through foods such as; nuts, seeds, milk/dairy products, and unsaturated oils. Other sources include; moisturizers containing vitamin E, and sunlight to promote vitamin D levels. Other minerals such as zinc---have also been found to be linked to healthy skin (but excessive intake is not necessary).


Last, but certainly not least, HYDRATION! Maintaining proper hydration will not only benefit you and your baby inside, but also your skin outside. It is the main way for your body to maintain skin that is soft to the touch and grows with you.


Overall diet and hydration is key --- if you have any questions on how to work them into your skin regime, Mamas Maternal Health can help you! Just check out our website to see what best fits your needs!


Until next time!


Mikayla and Cassie

Mamas Maternal Health Registered Dietitians/Lactation Counselors


Resources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-prevent-stretch-marks


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