Stretch Marks and Pregnancy – Natural is the Way!
Stretch marks are very common in pregnant women. It happens due to over-stretching of the skin. Natural remedies must be tried to prevent the marks from appearing.
Pregnancy takes your body through a lot of changes. The stomach balloons up and it stretches to the extremes. Other parts of the body too are not of the same size. However, you are ready to take anything thinking that soon you will be holding your little one in your arms. Still, you can’t stop worrying about those ugly stretch marks that appear on your skin. The best way to deal with the stretch marks is to prevent them from occurring. These marks develop in the skin’s middle layer that is made up of collagen. If the skin stretches beyond the breakdown point, the body sends more collagen to the areas affected due to over-stretching.
The excess collagen that is sent to the affected areas causes the marks. There are certain things you can follow to prevent their incidence. Eat healthy and a balanced diet. Drink plenty of water. If you gain weight rapidly, that will result in the marks. Monitor your weight closely with your doctor. Keep your skin hydrated all times and pliable. Take those pre-natal vitamins. Your body needs extra minerals and vitamins. Use cocoa butter and herbal creams containing Vitamin E. Apply them on your skin morning and evening.
Massage these herbal oils on the areas marks are appearing. Massaging is very important as it increases the blood flow to these areas thereby reducing the marks. The marks that have already turned white or colorless may not go away completely. However, they will fade over time. Depending on the skin tone, they will adopt a much lighter color. Never use creams containing steroids or active agents such as tretinoin during pregnancy. Always go for natural and herbal methods of marks removal. The truth is that the marks never go away completely, but they do lighten and fade.
There are a lot of herbal ointments available. Healthy foods full of Vitamin C and E must be had whenever hungry. Natural remedies must be adopted by pregnant mothers as any medicine or chemicals might prove to be harmful for the mother. Some of the natural ingredients used to treat stretch marks are Aloe Vera, Apricot Scrub, Lavender Oil, Cocoa Butter and Aromatic Herbal oils. Avocado and Chamomime oils can also be used. The marks need to be treated as and when they appear; when they still are purplish or reddish in color. Once they turn colorless, they are hard to deal with.