Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are pink/red/brown lines that appear on your skin when weight gain occurs (mine looked like big scratches, very attractive). In my opinion some people have skin that has more elasticity than others, meaning that they are less likely to get stretch marks. Obviously during pregnancy your changing shape will cause your skin to stretch. Stretch marks do fade over a period of time to thin, silvery scars which are not so noticeable. I have to say that I quite like my stretch marks on my belly as they show that my body carried my children, however I am less keen on the ones on my bum, boobs and legs which are the evidence of my eating for two!

Preventing stretch marks

I believe that there is no way to actually stop stretch marks if you are prone to them. This section should maybe come under the heading “Damage Limitation”.

Here are some ways to keep your skin in good condition:

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.
  • Gentle exercise will boost your circulation, improving skin quality.
  • Take a vitamin E supplement.
  • Gently exfoliate your skin regularly.
  • Keep skin well moisturised. Some good products to try are:
    • Bio Oil – everyone I know who has used it swears by it. It helps improve the appearance of stretch marks after birth as well as preventing them. www.boots.com
    • Vitamin E oil
    • Cocoa butter
    • Champneys Beautiful Bump Collagen Boost Body Butter www.jsainsbury.co.uk
    • Baby oil
  • Remember to massage the products well into your skin. The massaging action does as much for the skin as the product.

Stretch mark remedies

There are many creams, lotions and oils in varying price ranges on the market. During my first pregnancy with Lauren I used an expensive product, that claimed to prevent stretch marks and I still ended up with quite a few. After I had had Josh I looked like a road map. When I was expecting Livvy I just slapped on baby oil in the shower to save time (be careful you don’t slip if trying this). When I had some time to myself (not often then), I used Champneys Beautiful Bump Collagen Boost Body Butter (smells wonderful and makes your skin feel divine). I didn’t get anymore stretch marks although my skin is already stretched beyond all recognition!