Q What can I do to min­imise stretch­marks?

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Francine Baker, Lon­don

The hon­est an­swer here is that whether or not you get the tiger stripes of preg­nancy as your belly swells is largely down to your genes and lady luck. But there is a lot you can do to keep your skin mois­turised, sup­ple and healthy. There is ev­i­dence to sug­gest that reg­u­lar mas­sage with a mois­tur­is­ing oil goes some way to pre­vent stretch­marks be­ing too se­vere. It’s also a lovely way of con­nect­ing with your bump. There are plenty of preg­nancy-friendly mas­sage oils and balms on the mar­ket, for vary­ing price ranges. I loved the Mama Mio range, and used The Tummy Rub Oil in the post­na­tal months to mas­sage my de­flat­ing belly. Bio-Oil is also good. But the most im­por­tant thing is to re­frame your view of stretch­marks, as they are a marker of hav­ing brought your baby into the world. Mid­wives in Mex­ico re­fer to them as ‘love lines’. Now, isn’t that a bet­ter way of see­ing them?

AH

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