By: Kate Trout
If you're pregnant, then getting stretch marks are one of those things that you just dread getting. They are unnatural looking lines that are created around your stomach while your baby grows. Luckily, there are things that you can do while you are pregnant to help prevent the stretch marks from forming at all! Many soon-to-be mothers may have heard about ways to reduce them after your child is born, but this guide is designed to prevent them completely, or at least, as much as possible. Let's take a look at five tips that you will want to know about to help you prevent unsightly stretch marks during your pregnancy.
Exfoliate RegularlyWhen you are with child, exfoliating your skin to remove the dead skin cells is just as important as rehydrating and moisturizing your skin. In fact, using a sugar scrub is actually a great way to prevent stretch marks from forming at all. Of course, you will need to make sure that the sugar scrub that you select is safe for your baby, but the good news is that there are plenty of ways to exfoliate without using unsafe products like dry brushing.
Stay HydratedYou have always been told that you need to drink six to eight glasses of water a day, but did you know that when you are pregnant, your body needs at least two liters to function properly. When your skin is hydrated, it is more elastic, which means that your baby will be able to grow inside you without leaving those unsightly stretch marks behind. Remember, your baby is essentially living in a bubble of water inside your body, so you need to stay hydrated more now than ever.
Stretch Mark CreamsThere are a number of stretch mark creams on the market, but one of the best options available to you is a DIY cream that is made from all natural ingredients that are designed to hydrate and rejuvenate your skin. It is a simple mixture that combines coconut oil, olive oil, and a little bit of beeswax. You can add in some rosehip seed oil or frankincense oil to add some scent and additional protection from the stretch marks. Once you combine the ingredients, all you need to do is heat them until the wax melts, and then let it cool before applying it to your skin. I have a whole guide on how to choose a stretch mark cream if you'd like to learn more!
Lots of GelatinGelatin, or collagen, is one of the most important factors that make your skin elastic. So, if you want to improve the elasticity of your skin and prevent stretch marks from appearing on your body, then you need to eat more gravies, sauces, and soups. Some gelatin can be used as a thickening agent in your meals, so you have plenty of options. If you like stews, they are a great option, but if you'd prefer, you can simply drink some bone broth on a daily basis to give you the collagen that your body needs to prevent stretch marks from the inside.
ExerciseExercise is a great way to help keep your skin's elasticity in check while you are pregnant. It also regulates the blood flow in your skin so that you can breathe easier as well, which is great for your baby and your skin because increased blood circulation is ideal for preventing stretch marks from appearing. If you exercise while you are pregnant, you will also control the amount of weight that you gain to some extent and a controlled gain is better for preventing stretch marks. All exercises are not safe to take part in when you are with child, so confirm that your regimen is safe with your doctor.
Wrapping UpIf you're pregnant, most likely stretch marks are on your mind. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can prevent stretch marks completely. To help you maintain your skin while you are pregnant, follow these tips:
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