Post # 1
Ok ladies, what did you use to help prevent stretch marks in pregnancy? When did you start using it? Did it help? I’m only 9 wks but my boobies are starting to grow and I’m starting to get that slightly bloated look in my midsection. I’m thinking I should start using something soon. Thanks for the insight.
Post # 3
Honestly, the best you can do is to stay hydrated and use lotion. Other than that… if you’re going to get them then you’ll get them. They’re partially due to genetics, so there isn’t anything you can do to completely prevent them if you are genetically predisposed to them.
Post # 4
@zippylef that is exactly what my doctor told me!
Post # 5
Wow I never knew that. Thats kind of a bummer. I always believed with of course drinking plenty of water and drenching urself in cocobutter or any type of moisterizer – you should be good to go..
Post # 6
My doc told me the only thing I could do to “prevent” them was to avoid rapid weight gain by eating healthy and keeping exercising!
Post # 7
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Avoid rapid weight gain, so eat healthy foods and exercise regularly if you’re cleared to do so. Almond oil from boobs to knees doesn’t hurt either.
Post # 8
I was terrified of stretch marks. My doctor told me it was genetic and you would either get them or you wouldn’t. So I didn’t do any kind of stretch mark prevention, and I don’t have a single one (I gained 30lbs during my pregnancy)
Post # 9
I really believe it is genetic. My mom got them pretty bad, my older sister did too, so I was pretty sure I would get them. I lotioned up like crazy with bio oil, cocoa butter, and vitamin e oil, drank more water than I thought was possible, but once I reached 31 weeks, I got the tiniest little mark, and it all went down hill from there. It didn’t matter what I did. Also, I tried to not gain weight rapidly, but duh I was pregnant, how the hell do you stop your belly from gowing! haha.
I know women who were much bigger than me, aqnd didn’t get a single mark. Good for them, is what I say. I’m still beautiful regardless!
Post # 10
I’ve heard it’s primarily genetic. Stretch marks form underneath the top layer of skin, so although lotion keeps you moisturized, it has no effect on preventing stretch marks. I try to drink plenty of water and I’m not sure if it’s possible to avoid rapid weight gain while pregnant. The body will do what it needs to do! 🙂
My mom never had stretch marks and I’m currently stretch mark free at 34 weeks.
Post # 11
I have also heard it was genetic, but that doesn’t mean it absolutely will/won’t happen. My mom gained 32 pounds and got stretch marks with me. I gained 35 pounds and did not get them. My friend didn’t get them and her sister did (both gained under 25 pounds). Not sure whether their mother did or not, but obviously one daughter did not follow in her mother’s footsteps.
I think lotion is still a good idea. It may not prevent stretch marks, but with dry itchy skin it can’t hurt. And keep yourself hydrated. If you think you’re already drinking enough water, drink more anyways. It may not help with stretch marks, but it will help in other areas. Agree with others to try and keep your weight gain steady.
Post # 12
It’s definitely genetic and if you’re going to get them you’re going to get them. I got them during puberty on my hips so I was totally expecting them. However, knock on wood I am 39 weeks, have gained 44 lbs, and don’t have any. The two things I made sure to do were drink a lot of water and use cocoa butter lotion morning and night. Like I said, I don’t think anything REALLY makes a difference if you’re predisposed to getting them, but I thought it couldn’t hurt to try.
Post # 13
I love this picture, and I’m going to remember it when I have children! I’m 22, never pregnant, and already have stretch marks on my inner and outer thighs and boobs. I received terrible skin genes from my Mum’s side…
Post # 14
Those don’t really look like stretch marks, more like light bouncing off of a beach goddess from the window of a house on a sunny malibu beach or something.
Post # 15
Sorry but you can’t prevent them
Post # 16
My midwife told me that it is genetic. I stay hydrated and use cocoa butter and vitamin E, but I am already covered in them around my belly button area at 24 weeks 🙁