QI’M SHOWING AT 14 WEEKS AND WORRIED THAT I’LL GET STRETCH MARKS. CAN I PREVENT THEM, OR IS IT ALL DOWN TO GENETICS?
AGP Dr Linda Calabresi says: Stretch marks occur when skin is stretched beyond its capacity during rapid weight gain, and the underlying tissue tears. While it’s true that you have a high chance of getting them if your mother did, there are ways to help prevent them. Try not to gain excess weight and keep your skin healthy by staying well hydrated and eating a sensible, nutritious diet. The value of creams and oils to prevent stretch marks is controversial, however there is some evidence they promote skin elasticity. Recommended products include vitamin E cream, cocoa butter and Bio-Oil.