No discussion about skin care during pregnancy would be complete without addressing the large… stretch marks.
While most mothers enjoy pregnancy, they are not so enthusiastic about the souvenirs that they leave behind – especially when confronted with the clearly mark-free bodies that celebrities flaunt forever after bumps.
Let me first say that these bodies were probably a) airbrushed, b) made up, or c) surgically improved!
It is difficult to avoid stretch marks in the real world – about 70% of us will develop them when our pregnant skin stretches beyond its natural capabilities. The good news, however, is that we can take a number of measures to keep their severity and appearance as low as possible. If we're lucky, get rid of them completely.
Natural oils and butter
Because stretch marks are an issue that resonates with pregnant women, hundreds of products claiming to keep them at bay have flooded the market.
Assume healthy skepticism because many of the stretch mark oils available are based on paraffin oil – a petroleum derivative. Do not you believe me? Check the ingredient list and make it a habit every time you shop.
Natural oils and butter are safest for expectant mothers. If jojoba oil is massaged into the skin, it can improve the elasticity of the skin and reduce the likelihood of overstretching. When these red-purple lines creep through, the postnatal application of the same oil can help smooth the skin and reduce its appearance.
Shea butter is another great ingredient for taming stretch marks that many women swear by. Shea butter not only provides plenty of moisture, but also has the unique ability to reduce and heal scars.
Our Pumpkin & Pomegranate Stretch Mark System is full of vitamins E & C and Omegas 3,5,6,7 & 9, which protect the skin cell structure and improve elasticity and help the skin to stretch and get back in shape without losing any signs of damage.
Feed your skin
A healthy diet is essential for smooth, supple skin.
If you eat foods that are rich in vitamins A, B and C and essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6 and 9) during pregnancy, your skin can stretch better and promote the replacement of damaged cells with new healthy cells.
Nourished and conditioned skin is more likely to recover after birth.
Monitor your weight
Although it is the privilege of a pregnant woman to eat whatever she wants, gaining weight too quickly can increase the chances of getting stretch marks and worsening her appearance.
If you have a healthy BMI, you should expect to carry an additional 25-34 pounds, which will increase from 1 to 5 pounds in the first trimester and from then on 1 pound per week.
Moisten inside and outside
Dry skin is less elastic and therefore more susceptible to stretch marks. Keep it hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using a daily body cream that is rich in essential fatty acids.
That was & # 39; s for my pregnancy blog series.
Of course, I only covered the tip of the iceberg – pregnancy affects women in different ways, and what works for some may not work for others.
These nine months are among the most important in a woman's life – remember to be informed, open-minded, but most of all … stay excited!