Let’s get real.
Stretch marks aren’t entirely preventable for everyone. Research suggests that 75 – 90% of all women will get some. As your body rapidly develops throughout pregnancy, your skin is being pushed to its limits, especially around your belly, hips, and boobs. It can often be a matter of genetics whether you get them or not BUT the good news it there are numerous measures you can take to help prevent them or their severity.
Our TOP 5 ways to help you reduce the chance of getting stretch marks.
Aka DRINK WATER! Your skin cells lap up hydration which helps with overall elasticity and healthy skin cell regeneration. Keeping your bodies largest organ hydrated is crucial and helps your skin adapt to the extreme changes it is going through.
Seems simple right? Surprisingly, many women either forget or use water-based products that sit on top of the skin. Your best option is to use products rich is oils that can quickly absorb into the skin. Our Belly oil blend has been specifically developed to nourish for maximum growth and keep it pliable. Plus, its loaded with antioxidants, amino acids and Vitamin E which help lock in moisture and keep your skin hydrated.
3. Eat for healthier skin
We know you have been telling yourself this your whole life, but if there was any time to get that wholefoods and good-fat goodness, it is now. Load up on that green leafy vege, foods rich in omega 3s (Avocado, Almonds) and consider taking some skin-supporting vitamins like Vitamin C, E and Omega 3 fatty acids. Consult your medical practitioner first for guidance on supplements.
4. Exercise for healthy weight gain
It’s happening! That special number you never thought you would tip over on the scales is coming at you. Weight gain is all part of this wonderful journey and its time to embrace it. Of course, not all weight gain is within your control, but an exercise program approved by your health care provider may help you keep your weight gain in a healthy range, decreasing the risk of stretch marks. That little walk a couple of times a week may not seem like much, but every little bit helps.
5. Start early!
A couple of salads and litres of water in your third trimester won’t cut it. Take a holistic view of your pregnancy and give your body as much love and nourishment as your will power allows. We know it can be tough when you get those cravings (and treat yourself to that double dipped gooey caramel magnum) but just remember to fill your mind and body with goodness. You and your baby deserve it.
And remember, if you do get some stretch marks, don’t be too hard on yourself girl. Your body has done something incredible. Try to give yourself a little love and don’t shy away from that 2 piece when summer rolls around.
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