Post # 1
I was scratching my belly and my co-worker got onto me and said that scratching causes stretch marks. She said that’s why you should rub when you itch. Has anyone ever heard of this? I’ve been trying to put lotion on when i feel the need to scratch.
Post # 3
@vintage2010: My coworker told me this so I stopped. it’s also genetic, and my mom got none so I thought I was in the clear. Then, about 38 weeks, mine cropped up–right in the middle across the biggest roundest part of my belly, on either side of the belly button. ANNOYING!
And I hear they show up worse after you give birth and can see all the skin. Most of the better sources say to just treat them after birth–nothing really prevents them other than good genes and good luck. 🙁 Sorry.
Post # 4
I got the Shae butter for my belly from Bath and Body works, and I swear my belly hasn’t itched at all, and no stretch marks yet at 29 weeks (fingers crossed). My mom didn’t get them, but I’m not just banking on good genes here. I want to do everything I can to prevent them as well, whether it’s proven to help or not.
Post # 5
I’m not sure if my mom got them. I have small ones on my hips from all the up and down of weight loss over the years. But they don’t seem to bother me because of their location. My tummy would bother me. I think I’ll give the shae butter a try if anything it should help with the itching!?!?
Post # 6
I got stretch marks as a teen from growing too quickly, scratching certainly didn’t cause them. Your skin is itchy because it’s breaking and stretching, not scratching won’t make a difference.
There’s really nothing you can do to prevent stretch marks, you’re either going to get them or not.
Post # 7
@Ms. Martian: I think the OPs just saying, if anything, even just the itching is uncomfortable. Dry skin itches way more. I put the Shae butter on and my tummy stays moisturized all day. Not saying it helps with the stretch marks… that’s not proven either way but at least you can feel like you’re doing something.
Post # 8
Not pregnant but doing research and I know your skin is like an elastic… When it gets old and dried out it can “crack” (cracking being the stretch marks)… Obviously there is probably no way to completely eliminate stretch marks but keeping your skin hydrated sounds like one of the biggest factors in attempting to avoid these marks. Drink lots of water and moisturize… And I hear not to just moisturize your belly, I’ve read that if you keyouths skin on your back well hydrated too it will help with keeping the skin “stretchy” all around. Again… I’m not pregnant, just a researcher. Haha. Hioe this helps
Post # 9
I worry about this but from what i can tell its mostly genetic and there isn’t much you can do to prevent it. I’m still using lotions and drinking tons of water just in case it “could” help. My mom said she didn’t get them until the 4th and 5th kid and my sister didn’t get any with her first so i have my fingers crossed!