Post # 15
While I can’t say for sure that it works, I will try anything to prevent stretch marks.
I took powdered collagen with my first son and had the most minor of stretch marks. I’m taking it again (33 weeks now) and I can literally feel my skin stretching all the time and I just noticed some new marks. I like to think the collagen is helping but who really knows. It’s certainly not hurting… so I will keep it up.
That and I make sure to moisturize the crap out of my belly. I use Palmer’s belly butter and a natural body butter that is coconut oil based.
Post # 16
Just fyi, i got mine in the days after birth, so you could make it all the way through and still not be in the clear, unfortunately.
Post # 17
You probably already know this but stretch marks are typically a result of your body getting larger quickly without time for your skin to stretch. Creams can help reduce the effects but if today you’re a C and tomorrow you wake up an E, you’re likely going to have stretch marks, regardless of creams and genetics. My understanding is that creams will help the elasticity of your skin to help support changes on a slow progression but rapid ones not so much. With that being said, I don’t think there’s any harm in trying to reduce the severity of them. I used a cream for reducing scars for mine. I was always a larger child and in my early 20’s got a little depressed and rapidly lost a good chunk of weight – I barely had any stretch marks. Fast-forward to pregnancy, my belly was small until around 8/9 ish months and then all of a sudden, like over a night, I popped. Went from pulling up my maternity pants to them fitting snug. Tiger stripes on my stomach everywhere – it was completely black and blue. In terms of boobs, from what I’ve heard, it’s not uncommon for your boobs to be like deflated balllons/pancakes after breast feeding – so I hate to say it but the worst may be yet to come. I’m not going to end with “but your baby is worth it” rather I’ll just say luckily we live in a day and age with plastic surgery. Stretch marks are the worst!
Post # 18
Genetics play a huge role in stretch marks. Speed of weight gain also plays a role and age does as well to a lesser extent (with older being better surprisingly). That said I’ve seen some research that says Vitamin E may help prevent or lessen them. Hydration of the skin is also very very important. So drink boatloads of water, try to keep weight gain slow and even, get some vitamin E oil (or any oil containing it – avocado oil, some blend etc) on your skin, close your eyes and hope for the best. Despite having Some small stretch marks on my breasts and hips from puberty I’ve had two pregnancies and no stretch marks using the above plan.
*and if you do get them they’ve had some good results removing them with fractional lasering (I think that’s what it’s called), especially while they are still red
Post # 20
Thanks for all the tips bees.
I wouldn’t say I’m genetically predisposed to stretchmarks, I survived puberty and until age 32 without any. If anything, I would ordinarily say that I heal unusually well…I’ve had a couple of major surgeries with big incisions (about 4 inches) that you can hardly see. I have definitely noticed that I am healing less well during pregnancy though. Scratches etc leave a purple mark for weeks, when usually they would be gone in a couple of days. Can pregnancy make you generally scar more?!
I am probably a little ahead of where I should be in terms of weight gain. I am up 20 pounds at 26 weeks, but a lot of that actually went on in the first trimester as continuously eating carbs was the only thing that staved off my morning sickness! The boob stretch marks have only really appeared in the last week or two, when my weight gain has actually been a bit slower than the recommended pound a week.
As some of you have said, I think it is probably just that my boobs have grown SO much SO quickly. I honestly look like I’ve had a very “stuck on boobs” boob job, only they are real. My mum warned me that her boobs got enormous whilst pregnant and breast feeding and it looks like I’m destined to follow suit. I also know that my grandma had an oversupply of milk, so maybe it runs in the genes.
I am going to keep going with rubbing cream on them every day, but think it may be that I just have to chalk this up as a pregnancy inevitability for me. To be more positive about it, I have started researching how to donate milk to NICU in case I follow in my family’s footsteps and massive boobs = massive milk supply!
Post # 21
i’ve also heard it was genetic. I didnt do anything to prevent, and didnt get a single one.
Post # 22
splishsplash : I agree it’s all genetic, but just commenting to day I got a few stretch marks on my sides/love handles during my third trimester, but nothing major, then at 41 weeks they EXPLODED all over my stomach. It was super unfair!