posted 1 year ago in Pregnancy
Post # 15
901 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
4121 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
670 posts
Busy bee

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
779 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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 # 21
15001 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

i’ve also heard it was genetic.  I didnt do anything to prevent, and didnt get a single one.

Post # 22
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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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!

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