Can stretch marks be prevented during pregnancy?

Hi, i am about 10 weeks pregnant, and i have heard so many different stories about stretch marks during pregnancy. some people say it is all based on genetics(if your mother had them, then you will too) but others say the can be prevented with certain types of belly cream or lotion. i really reallly want to avoid them if at all possible. can anyone tell me what they know about preventing stretch marks and if it is possible. and also if anybody who answers this has been through pregnancy wihtout getting them could you please include the lotion you used during pregnancy. thanks.

Southernchick asked on 10 May '11 at 01:29

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Eli_star answer on 10 May '11 at 01:29

Stretch marks reflect the separation of collagen of the skin. While not painful, the stretching of the skin may cause a tingling or itchy sensation. A good lotion can help with the increased dryness or itchiness of the skin, but will not prevent stretch marks no matter how diligent you are or how much you spend on the cream. While many people will swear by certain creams or lotions, the truth is there is not much you can do about stretch marks, you'll either get them or you won't. There are some factors that you should know contribute to stretch marks: Family (If your mom or sister has them, guess what?) If you had them in a previous pregnancy you may get them again, although usually just a darkened (temporarily) of the old ones and a light extension sometimes. Weight Gain (Rapid or excessive will make this worse.) Nutritional Status (Well hydrated and healthy skin stretches better.) Ethnicity (African American women get them less.) On a positive note, my mom has a TON, and I got none.

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??sabine?? answer on 09 May '11 at 18:42

It does sound like you could possible be pregnant. Early pregnancy Signs: ? 10. Tender, swollen breasts ? 9. Fatigue ? 8. Implantation bleeding ? 7. Nausea or vomiting ? 6. Increased sensitivity to odors ? 5. Abdominal bloating ? 4. Frequent urination ? 3. A missed period ? 2. Your basal body temperature stays high ? 1. The proof: A positive home pregnancy test This is how it was for my sister. She was diagnosed when she was 19, had troubles all her life, with pain, also with ovarian cysts, with her love life, etc?.you name it, she had it. She was put on bc pills before she decided to get pregnant. She herself didn?t have problems becoming pregnant and everything was great in pregnancy?.i remember she told me she couldn?t believe that there was no pain. It was the same during breastfeeding but once she finished with the breastfeeding, the pain was gone. You may decide to start using bc pills after your pregnancy, without the sugar pills in order to prevent ovulation. Acetaminophen can help you and it is safe during pregnancy! --- ---.

Violet answer on 09 May '11 at 22:02

I know that herbs that are rich in silica (one if the ingredients in the balsam) are not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. For this reason, I would err on the side of caution and not use it. There are safer products you can use to prevent stretch marks, such as cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter, macadamia oil, rose hip seed oil, and vitamin E. These all work well on their own or in combination. I make a natural anti-stretch mark cream that my clients really love. You can make an easy, quick, home-made version of it yourself. 1) Place 1/4 cup Marshmallow root into a stainless steel sauce pan with 1 cups Macadamia nut oil 2)Cover and leave on the stove-top for 2 hours, on the lowest heat setting. 3)Strain and pour oil back in the pot 4) Add 1/3 cup Cocoa Butter, 1/3 cup Mango Butter, 1/3 cup Shea Butter, and 1/4 cup beeswax. Leave on lowest heat setting, and stir until the wax has melted 5)Then stir in 1 tbsp Vitamin E, 1/4 cup Rosehip seed oil, 5 ml each of Frankincence, Neroli and Sandalwood essential oils 6) Remove from heat and pour into sterile glass jars This will harden to a salve consistency. If you prefer something lighter, you can let the mixture cool in the sauce pan, then whip it in a food processor before putting it in the jars. You can purchase the oils and butters inexpensively at www.newdirectionsaromatics.com. The marshmallow root, if you don't have it locally, can be purchased at www.mountainroseherbs.com

Eli_star answer on 10 May '11 at 01:29

Stretch marks reflect the separation of collagen of the skin. While not painful, the stretching of the skin may cause a tingling or itchy sensation. A good lotion can help with the increased dryness or itchiness of the skin, but will not prevent stretch marks no matter how diligent you are or how much you spend on the cream. While many people will swear by certain creams or lotions, the truth is there is not much you can do about stretch marks, you'll either get them or you won't. There are some factors that you should know contribute to stretch marks: Family (If your mom or sister has them, guess what?) If you had them in a previous pregnancy you may get them again, although usually just a darkened (temporarily) of the old ones and a light extension sometimes. Weight Gain (Rapid or excessive will make this worse.) Nutritional Status (Well hydrated and healthy skin stretches better.) Ethnicity (African American women get them less.) On a positive note, my mom has a TON, and I got none.

1 week to go! answer on 10 May '11 at 01:29

For the morning sickness, about 7 weeks, for the boobs, about 10 weeks, and im getting bloated now at 13 weeks. You should change your bra, especially if it is causing pain, a good supportive, well-fitting bra is essential in pregnancy to prevent post-pregnancy sagging. Mild period cramps are normal (although I never had them), but if they get severe then you should see a Dr or go to the ER. Good luck and congrats :)

1 week to go! answer on 10 May '11 at 01:43

For the morning sickness, about 7 weeks, for the boobs, about 10 weeks, and im getting bloated now at 13 weeks. You should change your bra, especially if it is causing pain, a good supportive, well-fitting bra is essential in pregnancy to prevent post-pregnancy sagging. Mild period cramps are normal (although I never had them), but if they get severe then you should see a Dr or go to the ER. Good luck and congrats :)