The vast majority of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy, however, taking some simple precautions such as using moisturizing creams or oils daily, controlling weight and having frequent and balanced meals, can help to prevent the appearance of these stretch marks or, at the very least, to reduce its intensity.
Streaks on the skin are common during pregnancy, especially on the chest, belly and thighs, and consist of small "lines" that appear on the pink-colored skin, which later tend to turn white. Stretch marks are actually scars, which form when the skin stretches quickly in a short time, due to the enlargement of the belly and breasts.
To try to prevent stretch marks from appearing during pregnancy, some simple but essential tips include:
1. Using moisturizing creams and oils
Moisturizing creams and oils rich in Vitamin E are suitable for providing deep hydration to the skin during pregnancy, reducing the chances of the appearance of stretch marks by increasing the skin's elasticity.
A good option that can be used is Bio-Oil, which is rich in vitamin E and should be applied from the fourth month of pregnancy on areas that are prone to stretch marks such as the buttocks, thighs, abdomen and breasts.
Also, drinking plenty of water daily, approximately 2 liters a day, is also very important to maintain proper hydration and elasticity of the skin.
2. Get regular belly and breast massages
Massaging the belly and breasts regularly also helps to prevent stretch marks, as it activates blood circulation in these regions, providing better elasticity to the skin.
It is important that these massages are done daily, especially in places with a greater tendency for the appearance of stretch marks such as the belly, breasts or thighs. So, a good advice is to do the massages when applying the cream or oil on the body, for example.
Learn about the benefits, contraindications and necessary care of massage in pregnancy.
3. Wear appropriate underwear
Wearing appropriate underwear that allows you to hold your belly well and helps support your breasts also helps to reduce the chances of stretch marks. In addition, wearing loose and cotton clothes is also important, as they do not tighten the body, they facilitate blood circulation.
4. Eating foods rich in vitamin C and E
Foods rich in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, are foods rich in antioxidant substances, such as beta-carotene or flavonoids, which act as skin collagen stimulants, also contributing to the fight against stretch marks.
On the other hand, foods rich in vitamin E, such as whole grains, vegetable oils and seeds, serve to protect the body's cells, with vitamin E being an antioxidant vitamin with anti-aging properties for the skin.
5. Controlling weight during pregnancy
Controlling weight during pregnancy is also very important to prevent the appearance of stretch marks. For this, it is necessary that the pregnant woman regularly monitors her weight and maintains a he althy and balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, white meats, fish and eggs, avoiding foods with excess fat and sugars. See how to eat during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, it is acceptable for a woman to gain between 11 to 15 kg throughout pregnancy, but the maximum acceptable weight depends on each pregnant woman and her initial weight. Find out how to calculate how many pounds you can gain during pregnancy.