Is it hereditary or can we do something about them?
What you need to know:
- Weight gained during pregnancy is between 2-2.5 stones over 9 months, which is a lot in a short space of time. Being aware of this and managing your weight gained over the 9 months can influence the number of stretch marks gained, which can often be in the 6 or 7 month - this when about 90% of pregnant women get stretch marks.
- Keep hydrated - drink plenty of fluids to keep your skin hydrated from within.
- Creams and oils can help, although they may not prevent stretch marks they can certainly alleviate the itching that often occurs in the area as the skin begins to stretch and can reduce their appearance to be less defined lines.
Where do stretch marks usually occur?
The most common areas pregnant women tend to develop stretch marks are on their tummy, thighs, waistline and breasts. Stretch marks develop as a result of the skin having had little time to adjust to the expansion it has undergone, which can be either through pregnancy, sudden weight gain or growth spurt or even heavy bodybuilding.
It has been found that approximately 90% of pregnant women get stretch marks, so be prepared by thinking about and take action on the points in the paragraph 'What you need to know' above and you are more likely to be able to manage how many you will get and how visible they may become.
Of course many women (apparently 10% of pregnant women) don't get any stretch marks and they are the lucky few! So you may be one of that 10%, but if you're not it really isn't all that disastrous, look after your skin and health by eating a balanced diet with lots of greens, good fats like extra virgin olive oil, avocado and drink plenty of water, your skin will look after itself.