How to combat stretch marks during pregnancy

22 November, 2023 / words by IALH Editor

Pregnancy is a beautiful and transformative journey, but it often comes with physical changes, including the possibility of stretch marks. These marks, caused by the stretching of the skin, are a common concern for many expectant mothers. While it’s impossible to completely prevent stretch marks, there are several proactive steps you can take to minimize their appearance and promote skin health during this special time.

Make Sure You Stay Hydrated

One of the simplest yet most effective ways to support your skin in every facet is by staying hydrated. Drinking an ample amount of water helps to maintain the skin’s elasticity, making it more resilient to stretching. Pregnant women should aim to drink 8-12 glasses of water daily but we also know that water can make you feel nauseous so try the best you can!

A Balanced Diet Is Key

A nutritious diet is essential for overall health, and it plays a crucial role in the health of your skin. Include foods that are rich in vitamins A,  C, as well as zinc and protein. These nutrients contribute to skin elasticity and collagen production, promoting healthier skin.

Moisturise As Much As You Can

Keeping your skin moisturized is key to preventing and reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Use a rich, hydrating moisturiser and lock the moisture in by using a thick oil on top. The oil works and on occlusive that will create a physical barrier and trap that moisture in. Apply it generously to areas that may be prone to  stretching, such as your stomach, hips, breasts, and thighs.

Gentle Massages Are Key

Incorporate gentle massage into your skincare routine. Massaging the skin increases blood flow and promotes elasticity. After you’ce moisturised, rub areas prone to stretch marks in circular motions to prevent stretch marks.

Clothing Really Matters

Invest in supportive undergarments that provide gentle compression to areas prone to stretching. This can help alleviate the strain on your skin and reduce the likelihood of stretch marks. 

While stretch marks are a natural part of pregnancy for many women, adopting a proactive skincare routine and healthy lifestyle practices can help minimise their appearance but embrace the changes your body undergoes during this incredible journey – after all you’re creating whole human! You’ve got this, Hun.


IALH Editor


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