Do Stretch Mark Creams Work?

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While our bodies grow throughout pregnancy, our skin goes through many changes. One of these changes is the potential of developing stretch marks. Stretch marks can be very irritating for women who develop them while they are pregnant. After a woman has given birth she may find that she is hiding her body due to stretch marks even when she finds herself at the swimming pool or the beach.

Research has shown that 90% of women develop stretch marks while they are pregnant. However, stretch mark cream has been created to help alleviate many of these issues and keep stretch marks from occurring to begin with. While some women have even resorted to plastic surgery and other medical procedures to have stretch marks removed, it is best to try and prevent them to begin with.

1. Where who stretch marks come from?

As our bodies grow, the skin stretches and begins to tear. The most common areas stretch marks are the abdomen, but they can also appear on the thighs, the butt, and the breasts. There are also a number of other places that they can show up, but these are the most common areas that women seem while they are pregnant.

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After we give birth, stretch marks usually appear as deep red or purple lines. Over time, these tend to fade, but are still visible as silvery lines that are usually a few shades lighter than our natural skin tone. The stretch marks tend to cause a lot of self-consciousness for those who have been pregnant and lead to women looking for ways to get rid of them. However, if you’re currently pregnant, there are ways you can prevent them from occurring in the first place.

2. Do they work?

Research has shown that using a moisturizer while we are pregnant helps to prevent stretch marks from appearing. However, it is important that you discuss the products that you are planning to use with your doctor before you begin using them. One popular item that has shown to be successful is vitamin D lotions. However, this solution is sometimes more effective for women who have already been pregnant, although women with their first pregnancy have found some success with it as well.

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Some women use an egg oil to prevent stretch marks and this is safe to begin using throughout the entirety of your pregnancy. You can begin using it twice a day after eight weeks of your pregnancy and continue using it until six months after giving birth. Many women have found great success with this method and it is a more natural option than some of the products on the market today.

Many women have used natural products to help prevent stretch marks from occurring. The most important thing to do while you are pregnant is to use a moisturizer daily. These lotions or creams have been able to lubricate the skin and keep it moist and healthy throughout the entire pregnancy.

3. Is there any guarantee?

Since every woman’s body reacts differently to pregnancy, it is difficult to say which product will work the best for the majority women. You may want to talk to your doctor about the different products that you’re considering to see if he has a specific one that you should go with.

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There is no guarantee that you will be able to prevent stretch marks, but there is also no guarantee that you will develop and first place. It is best to apply moisturizer to trying to prevent them in, but there are also creams and lotions that you may try to help them lighten faster if they do occur.

4. Conclusion

Stretch marks can be very embarrassing for women who develop them throughout their pregnancy. There are many creams and lotions on the market that promise to help prevent them, but there is truly no guarantee that they will work.

While many women have found great success with these items, others have seen little to no results from. You should talk to your doctor about lotions that you are considering so that you can make sure they are safe to use while you are pregnant. In general, however, using a moisturizer twice a day while you are pregnant is suggested in order to prevent stretch marks from occurring, and may help old stretch marks disappear as well.

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Larissa Belanger, RN

Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.