The appearance of stretch marks on the skin is a consequence of the stretching of the tissue. Having stretch marks in pregnancy is very common for precisely that reason. However, it also happens with young people who grow very fast; or people who gain weight easily or gain muscle quickly, whether they are men or women.

Causes of stretch marks in pregnancy

Next, you will know what are the causes of stretch marks in pregnancy, how to avoid them, and the treatments to remove them, making the skin return to its original state.

Not all women will have stretch marks from pregnancy. On the other hand, just as some will have an easier time making the skin return to normal, others will not. See why.

Skin tightening

Pregnancy causes the skin to stretch with the growth of the belly, producing stretch marks. This doesn’t just happen in the stomach. In fact, some women increase in measurements more than others, causing them to also appear in the breasts, and in the lateral lumbar region.

Enabling genetics

The genetic factor also contributes to a woman having more or fewer stretch marks. This depends on the stretching of the skin, while some women have a more flexible and elastic dermis, which needs to stretch a lot to produce stretch marks, others only stretch a little, and the annoying marks appear.

Old age

In theory, the older the woman, the less elastic and hydrated her skin is. This factor varies greatly according to lifestyle and health; but it must be considered anyway.

Hydration and elasticity

Older women may have even fewer stretch marks. This happens if, throughout your life, you have maintained the habit of drinking a lot of water; keeps your skin well protected and hydrated; and has been fed to stimulate collagen production.

Gestation time

The most common is that stretch marks begin to appear from week 25, this happens precisely because in that phase the baby grows more, and the skin on the belly increases considerably.

How to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy?


For the relief of mothers, there are ways to avoid stretch marks. They are not guaranteed solutions because, as you read above, there are women prone to having more stretch marks than others. However, those tips are worth following.

Use moisturizers in advance

Above it was mentioned that stretch marks usually appear from the 25th week of gestation. Therefore, it is possible to realize that stretch marks will appear, as skin begins to change. If you notice this modification, begin the counterattack, and apply moisturizers to the affected area.

Drink lots of fluids

Prevention with creams, as well as oil for the skin of pregnant women, is vital. Like hydration. We recommend drinking, especially, plain water; but you can also drink natural tea. Of course, do not forget to go to the gynecologist or nutritionist.

Maintain a healthy diet

Just as it is essential to drink a lot of water, the pregnant woman must eat very well. However, do not forget to discuss your diet with a nutritionist. A good diet benefits pregnancy in all aspects, even to avoid stretch marks.

Practice physical activity

Except in special cases, all doctors recommend physical exercises during pregnancy. These help maintain well-being; good intestinal function, prevent fluid retention and keep the body more flexible. Therefore, exercise helps prevent stretch marks.

How to remove stretch marks from pregnancy?

In case you have not been able to escape the appearance of stretch marks, calm down, you still have options. The stretch mark has phases: it starts out pink, then reddish, and changes to white. If yours are not broken yet, or white, act immediately; these phases are the most difficult to treat.

The good news is that stretch marks caused by pregnancy are easier to treat because they are recent. Sure, don’t forget to seek treatment as soon as possible. The newer the stretch mark, the greater the chances of skin regeneration.

The forms of treatment vary, the ideal is to find a dermatologist, or beautician, who will recommend the appropriate plan according to your case. In general, exfoliation sessions are carried out, and a lot of hydration, with specific products. Peeling, laser treatments, or dermabrasion can also be performed.

At home it is important to constantly apply almond oil, or moisturizer, to prevent the skin from drying out. It is best to do this application after bathing, when the skin is warm.


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