So you are going to be a new Mama!! Congratulations! Yay!!
There are soooo many wonderful things that come with pregnancy and motherhood. First off, you can pretty much eat whatever you want. You are going to gain weight anyway so what the heck, right??!! That's fabulous!!
You can also get stretch marks with the rapid weight gain that comes with building a whole friggin' human inside you! Not so fabulous.
Controversy is king it seems these days, so let’s start by saying that there are those out there who say there is no way to prevent stretch marks. You are either going to get them or you aren’t. And some of those naysayers are medical professionals.
However, there are hundreds upon thousands of individual testimonies from people just like you that beg to differ. They will tell you how they not only prevented new stretch marks, but how they reduced, and even removed old ones.
We believe in the prevention and reduction of pregnancy stretch marks. We also believe you can reduce and remove them, and naturally as well. So, to those medical professional doomsayers I quote Horatio from Shakespeare’s Hamlet:
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
Nature provides us, and has been providing us for years, all the ingredients we need to help heal and mend our bodies. But before we can heal, we must have a better understanding of what we are trying to fix.
Stretch Marks can occur for a variety of reasons. Including:
Both Men and Women can get stretch marks on various parts of the body including the belly, thighs, hips, breasts, arms, and lower back. However, the most common are found in lower abdomen of pregnant or post-pregnant mothers. The middle layer of the skin, directly above the hypodermis and directly below the epidermis, is the dermis. The dermis is responsible for allowing the skin to retain its shape
Stretch Marks are actually sections of the dermis that have been torn due to rapid stretching of the skin, the body's largest organ. As stated before, the most common occurrence of this is during pregnancy or rapid weight gain. The accompanying red and purple colors of the striations are actually caused by the blood and tissue below the dermis showing through the tear.
When these tears in the dermis heal, scar tissue is formed over time which then gives the Stretch Marks the silvery grey color.
The visual appearance of these older stretch marks, or scar tissue are more prominent when the surrounding epidermis darkens in tone, as for instance with tanning.
Of course the prevention of these unsightly tears before they occur in the first place is more desirable and quite possible. In order to do this, the skin must be made supple, strong, and flexible so that it can withstand the oncoming rapid weight gain and stretching that occurs during pregnancy.
Make It Supple!
Organic and and natural oils and butters like Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter moisturize and keep the skin supple.
Flexibility of the skin is key because it is going to be stretched rapidly. More rapidly than normal weight gain. If given time the skin can stretch naturally and not tear. But your skin is going to stretch a lot in a relatively short span of time. I'm going to guess somewhere around 9 months. lol!
Nut oils are very beneficial in this area. Macadamia Nut Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, and Avocado Oil, among others are key.
This is the most important part. Aloe Vera.
Vitamin E, A, and C are vital to make your skins tensile strength, or how well it stands up under pressure. This is due to the vitamin’s ability to help your body regenerate new, and stronger, skin cells at the deepest level by promoting the production of collagen. These are the main vitamin ingredients in Aloe.
That's why it is the stretch marks worst enemy. You can learn more about that in Stretch Marks Worst Enemy, Aloe Vera.
Now, in the case of Stretch Marks that have already formed, new or old, it is simply a matter of attempting to create a restorative environment in order to help the body heal and repair the damage done. And in some cases, it is possible to remove stretch marks entirely.
To do that, simply follow the steps above.