6 Natural Tips To Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Pregnancy stretch marks is a common problems faced by more than 90% pregnant women. They are most likely to appear during the sixth or seven month of your pregnancy. Stretch marks are mainly appear on your belly, but can also occur on thighs, upper arms, buttocks and breasts. Stretch marks form in the dermis or middle layer of the skin when the connective tissue is “stretched” beyond the power of its flexibility due to rapid expansion or contraction of the skin. As skin is stretched, the collagen is weakened and its normal production cycle is interrupted and damaged. This ultimately results in fine scars under the top layer of the skin. However it is possible to prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks if you act early in the pregnancy. Natural tips to prevent pregnant stretch marks are given below:

Natural Tips to Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks

1. Moisturize your Skin

Skin moisturization is the first step to prevent pregnancy stretch marks. Its important to use a good moisturizer to hydrate the skin on your belly, sides, lower back, thighs, legs, and anywhere else you might get stretch marks. Cocoa butter, coconut oil, almond oil, shea butter, and wheatgerm oil are popular and effective choices for moisturizing skin during pregnancy. Moisturize your skin in the morning after bathing and again at night.

2. Skin Moisturizing Massage

Skin moisturizing massage is also very important to prevent stretch massage. Skin moisturizing massage not only improve skin elasticity but also increase blood circulation in those areas which are more prone to get stretch marks during pregnancy.You can use any natural moisturizer and deeply massage you belly, sides, lower back, thighs, legs, and anywhere else you might get stretch marks. Using circular and upward strokes daily massage with a natural moisturizer at least for 10-15 minutes.

3. Home Made Stretch Marks Cream
You can make your own pregnancy stretch mark cream with cocoa butter, olive oil, and Vitamin E oil. Mix them well and store in air tight container. For best results use this twice a day.

4. Stay Hydrated

In order to maintain elasticity of your skin and prevent stretch marks, it is important that you take plenty of water and other fluids consistently everyday in order to maintain elasticity. Doctors always recommend hydration as one of the best ways to make your skin clear of the cracks beneath it. Leaving your skin to dry is one of the worst mistakes to do when pregnant. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily to prevent stretch marks before and after child birth.

5. Eat Watery Fruits and Vegetables
Eating vegetables that contain a lot of water is another great way to hydrate yourself. Eat big salads filled with cucumbers, fresh bell peppers, and celery. Choose watermelon, strawberries, and other watery fruits instead of eating baked desserts or oily snacks.

6. Skin-Nourishing diet
Skin nourishing diet containing all essential nutrients and vitamins is also essential to prevent pregnancy stretch marks. Incorporating foods that are especially beneficial for the health of your skin can improve your skin's elasticity, which helps prevent stretch marks from forming. Foods rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A, E and Omega 3 fatty acids are excellent choice to prevent pregnancy stretch marks. All such foods not only nourish and protect your skin but also protect skin cell membranes,  repairs skin tissues, keep cell membranes healthy and make your skin glow. Avocados, blueberries, strawberries, broccoli, spinach, collard greens, carrots, sweet potatoes, mango, squash, seeds, nuts, fish oil, milk and eggs are excellent food choices.