Stretch out

Pregnancy Life & Style - - GOOD ADVICE -

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.

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