Post # 1
Does anyone know if it is actually possible to prevent or minimize stretch marks during pregnancy? or if anything makes them worse? I am not pregnant, but I have stretch marks above my knees and on my hips from growth spurts…so I am thinking my stretch marks will be bad when I am pregnant someday. For people that are already mommies…do they fade? I don’t want this to be the last summer I ever wear a bikini due to those pesky strech marks!
I know that this is a very minor concern compared to some of the things that people are going through on this board. My intention is not to be superficial, I am just curious. Thanks!
Post # 3
When I was pregnant, I used Mederma and baby oil. My Fiance can’t even see my stretch marks.
Post # 4
I have never heard of Mederma. Maybe I should try it on my current stretch marks!
Post # 5
So stretch marks are a very genetic thing. If you’ve already gotten them, then odds are that you’ll get them with pregnancy. There is little you can do to prevent them, but rubbing lotion on them will help minimize them by helping to break down the tissue to allow for maximal normal skin re-formation.
The research shows that it doesn’t matter what kind of lotion you use. Rather it’s the act of rubbing it in twice daily that helps.
I used Aquafor throughout my pregnancy twice a day (until I developed an allergy to the lanolin component) and I am stretch mark free. Both my sisters and my mom have stretch marks, so it could be that I dodged my genetics with this step, but more than likely it’s just that I don’t have the predisposition to them.
I think just doing the lotion twice a day helps people know that they gave it the best shot.
Post # 6
From everything I’ve read it’s genetic and there’s not much you can do! Sad, I know!