Most of the physical changes are pleasing in the beautiful stage of new life. However, stretch marks are the least popular among mothers. Even in the early stages of pregnancy, as the enemy insisted on a thick layer of emollient oil on the chest, stomach and thighs every day, to the third trimester of pregnancy, the gestational striae of Zhangya Dangzhao still climbed onto the body of the expectant mother.

This is how annoying pregnancy marks are.

Usually in the middle and late stages of pregnancy, you will begin to find dark red streaks in several areas where skin swelling is more obvious, such as abdomen, breasts, thighs and buttocks. In fact, this kind of skin pattern does not only appear on expectant mothers. In medicine, it is called “expansive streak”, which is caused by the stretching of collagen fibers in the skin to the point of losing elasticity.

Among them, some skin tissues have been completely cracked to the point of no recovery, while the rest of the skin tissues are also cracked, but may gradually return to normal in the future. Therefore, once the stretch marks grow out, it is very likely to remain on the body forever, which is also the reason why many mothers-to-be smell it discolored.

Pregnancy marks are determined by heredity.

The good news is that not every expectant mother will grow stretch marks during pregnancy, whether they will grow stretch marks during pregnancy and whether the skin can recover after delivery are all affected by three factors: progesterone, weight and heredity.


Once pregnant, the progesterone secreted by the mother-to-be relaxes the ligaments, which are prepared for the delivery of the baby. But its side effect is to reduce the collagen fiber composition of the skin, making the skin more vulnerable than before.


By the end of pregnancy, the fetus grows and develops at a faster rate, and the breast expands further to prepare for breast-feeding. The whole weight and body shape of the expectant mother will accelerate expansion, and the skin tissue of the abdomen and chest will be stretched to form streaks of pregnancy. Especially if the weight gain rate exceeds the standard, the skin tissue damage will become more serious.


The amount of progesterone secretion, the elasticity of skin tissue and body shape are controlled by genetic genes, so whether stretch marks will be formed or not, and the speed and degree of postpartum recovery are also affected by heredity. That is to say, if you want to know if you will have a stretch mark after pregnancy, ask your mother.

A few tips to stay away from stretch marks.

Although stretch marks can not be completely prevented, there are still some tips to help mothers reduce the growth of stretch marks and eliminate stretch marks in time after delivery.

Exercise regularly to control weight gain

Exercise before and during pregnancy, especially during pregnancy, can exercise can help you control your weight increase speed, gradually increase the necessary weight helps prevent skin suddenly excessive tension.

Eat more foods rich in vitamin C and protein.

Maintaining a balanced diet can make weight gain more reasonable during pregnancy. Pay attention to eat some rich in vitamin C and protein foods, because the skin collagen protein as a nutritional needs, if the inadequate intake of protein, collagen fibers do not get enough nutrients, easy to break.

3 months after delivery, continue to massage.

Some of the “net red” moisturizing products have been passed on by mouth to prevent or eliminate the “magic oil” of stretch marks, but in general, those moisturizing oils or lotion can only prevent the skin from drying and itching, and the elimination effect on the stretch marks is very limited. If you can wipe the lotion and massage the skin with the stretch marks every day for 3 months after delivery, the effect may be better than the daily application of lotion.

One bad news is that most stretch marks disappear very slowly. After a few months of childbirth, the color of some stretch marks will gradually fade to nearly half the skin color, and some stretch marks will never fade. So instead of worrying about these indelible traces, we should accept them as a witness of our precious memories and our baby’s.


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