For female friends, pregnancy is not only difficult but also suffers from the pain of becoming ugly. The weight increases sharply and the body is cumbersome. If you are not careful, stretch marks will appear. Thinking of the ugly lines appearing on the originally smooth skin, I felt unspeakable melancholy.
So, why do stretch marks appear during pregnancy? Is there any way to avoid stretch marks? When stretch marks have appeared, how can they be eliminated? I will tell you today: those things about stretch marks.
Why do stretch marks appear during pregnancy?
Stretch marks are crack-like lines that appear on the skin of pregnant women. The culprit for stretch marks is excessive weight gain during pregnancy, which leads to a sharp increase in subcutaneous fat and stretches of the skin epidermis. When the stretching speed of the skin cannot keep up with the belly enlargement speed, the elastic fibers and collagen fibers of the skin epidermis will be damaged or broken in different degrees, causing some pink or purple-red wavy patterns of different widths and lengths to appear on the skin.
When the childbirth was just finished, the mother’s belly had not recovered, and the stretch marks were red and very clear;
Three months after delivery, as the mother’s figure and weight recover, the stretched skin will begin to recover, and the red pattern will gradually fade in color;
After 6 months postpartum, the red color of the pattern disappears, but white or silvery-white shiny scar lines are left.
Even people who are not pregnant may have such lines, but this is not called stretch marks, but growth marks.
These types of people are prone to stretch marks during pregnancy
●Failure to control the weight properly and increase the weight too fast during pregnancy;
●Without moisturizing properly, dry skin is also the cause of stretch marks;
●Do not like exercise, the stored fat will not be consumed;
●I don’t care much about stretch marks and pay little attention to postpartum recovery;
Areas prone to stretch marks
Most pregnant women have stretch marks on their belly, and they usually appear in the middle and late stages of pregnancy, because this is when the expectant mother’s belly grows rapidly, and some pregnant women will also grow on the hips, thighs, buttocks, and breasts. Stretch marks.
Breast: In the middle and late stages of pregnancy, the breasts begin to grow, and vertical lines appear on both sides of the breasts.
Belly: The most obvious stretch marks will appear on the stomach, and stretched skin is more likely to dry out, so moisturize it well.
Buttocks and thighs: The bottom of the buttocks and the base of the thighs are also prone to stretch marks.
How to prevent and eliminate stretch marks?
- Use abdominal support belt
From the moment the belly is first revealed, use the abdominal support belt, which can relieve the fetus from pulling on the belly and help prevent stretch marks. But don’t use it in the last month of pregnancy, so as not to affect the baby’s access to the basin.
- Control weight gain
Stretch marks are caused by rapid weight gain, so the body is important for gradual growth during pregnancy. Generally speaking, the weight gain during the whole pregnancy should be controlled between 11.5 and 13.5 kg, which can reduce the chance of long stretch marks.
Therefore, it is necessary to eat a reasonable diet and ensure a balanced diet; exercise moderately, and it is recommended to choose sports suitable for expectant mothers, such as yoga and swimming. Mother-to-be swimming helps to practice breathing, which will come in handy during childbirth.
- Skin moisturizing and sunscreen before and during pregnancy
Dry skin is more likely to produce stretch marks, so after you have a pregnancy plan, you must start to strengthen skin moisturizing care, especially the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, breasts, and other parts that are prone to stretch marks. This can effectively prevent pregnancy after pregnancy. The appearance of stretch marks.
After pregnancy, you should strengthen skin moisturization. Don’t wait until your belly is big before you start paying attention. It is best to start using moisturizing skincare products on the first day of pregnancy so that the belly has enough elasticity to withstand the subsequent pulling. Many mothers-to-be complained about the long lines after the application. They can only say that it is either late or less used.
It is recommended to apply carefully to the abdomen, buttocks, chest, waist, and thighs 2-3 times a day, but it should be noted that these areas should be cleaned with water before each application to better absorb.
Sun exposure can also deepen stretch marks, so the area with stretch marks should be protected from sun protection and avoid ultraviolet rays.
- Skin massage
After each shower or moisturizing lotion, it is recommended that pregnant mothers massage the skin with olive oil for about 10 to 15 minutes each time. Do not use too much force during the massage, and the movements should be gentle.
Method of massage:
Chest: Massage gently from the chest to the neck.
Abdomen: Center on the navel, gently massage clockwise with palm.
Buttocks & thigh root: Slowly massage from the thigh to the buttocks. If you can’t see it, you can massage while looking in the mirror.
Even if some stretch marks have been formed, as long as you are diligent in massaging, the fine lines will no longer increase and the range of stretch marks will not expand. However, if there is a threatened abortion or a miscarriage, massage should be avoided.
- Postpartum body recovery is also very important
If the figure becomes slimmer, then the degree of skin stretch will be reduced, stretch marks will not be so obvious. Therefore, pay attention to restoring body shape after childbirth, and pay attention to moisturizing and massage.
Although stretch marks will fade after delivery, they will not disappear completely once they appear, so it is important to prevent them. The main reasons for stretch marks are weight gain, skin stretches, and basal tissue breaks. As long as you control your weight and moisturize your skin from the beginning of pregnancy, and stick to it, you can effectively prevent stretch marks.