Being pregnant can be one of the best and most memorable times of your life.

But it can also be the most dreadful because of the stretch marks you get.

They are practically inevitable and most women will get them to some degree during and after pregnancy.

Unfortunately, these marks can take a huge toll on your confidence and self-image.

However, there are things you can do to prevent stretch marks from pregnancy and reduce existing ones if you already have them.

Today we will be teaching you how to do exactly that, so keep reading if you’d like to learn how.

What are pregnancy stretch marks?

Pregnancy stretch marks are light or dark-colored lines that you get from the skin of your belly stretching while pregnant. The skin on your body is very elastic but it can often stretch slightly beyond its limits. This is what causes these marks to appear. You can take peace in knowing that stretch marks aren’t a genuine health concern and are purely cosmetic. While this is a relief, they can still cause you to lose self-esteem so you will want to ensure that you prevent them and fade them after pregnancy. They typically will appear on the stomach, hips, and back but can appear in other areas like the legs and arms if you gain weight during pregnancy which is almost guaranteed to happen.

How common are pregnancy stretch marks?

Stretch marks are extremely common in pregnant women due to weight gain and the belly expanding with your baby. Very few women will experience no stretch marks during pregnancy so don’t feel weird if you have them.

Are pregnancy stretch marks permanent?

Stretch marks can be permanent if they are not dealt with as soon as possible. This is because the skin stretches, heals, and will take that shape permanently after it has healed over. No matter if you’ve had your stretch marks for a short or long period, you can take steps today to fade them and see some results no matter what.

Are pregnancy stretch marks genetics?

Yes, as most things health-related, stretch marks from pregnancy can be genetically related. Some women experience minor stretch marks while others get very deep and large ones.

How to remove pregnancy stretch marks and prevent them at the same time

The techniques used to treat pregnancy stretch marks and prevent them are essentially the same. The only difference is that you would do the following things while you’re pregnant versus afterward. Try out these ideas individually or in combination to watch your stretch marks fade away before your eyes 🙂

Exfoliate with baking soda and lemon juice

Exfoliating is a great way to fade pregnancy marks because it sheds away dead skin cells and brings the younger brighter looking skin to the front. Exfoliation also prevents pores on your body from getting clogged with debris, oil, and dirt. While you can invest in expensive and special exfoliating products, some times home remedies are best which is why we recommend you try baking soda. Odds are you already have some laying around your home anyway. Additionally, lemon is a great ingredient for brightening skin and exfoliating, as well. Try mixing these two together with waste to create a light paste. Rub this on to any stretch marks and let it sit for a few minutes before washing it off. Letting it sit allows the lemon juice to sink into the skin and fade discoloration.

Eat collagen-containing foods

Collagen is the amino acid which makes up the skin and connective tissues within the body. Having a healthy amount of collagen-containing foods within your diet ensures that the skin can stay more firm and elastic. It’s very important to take in as much collagen as possible during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks as it will strengthen the skin and give it the nutrients it needs to hold itself together. Similarly, having collagen-containing foods in your diet afterward will heal any existing marks. Try eating the following foods to do so:

  1. Dark green vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and kale
  2. Fish like tilapia, haddock, and tuna
  3. Carrots and bell peppers
  4. Strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries
  5. Lemon and lime
  6. Garlic

Get more vitamin E

Vitamin E is a very common ingredient in skin care products because of its powerful effects on the skin. It is capable of healing scars, reducing inflammation, and protecting the skin from future attacks. It helps draw moisture into the skin which is a great benefit, as well. Dry skin is the perfect environment for acne, blemishes, and slow healing. Keeping the skin hydrated gives it the optimal scenario to heal and look its best. Eat the following foods to get more vitamin E:

  1. Sunflower seeds
  2. Wheat germ
  3. Hazelnuts
  4. Almonds
  5. Avacado
  6. Salmon
  7. Red bell peppers
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mango

Try getting a tan to cover up marks

When you have fair skin, blemishes, scars, and marks show more easily. That’s why many people try to darken their skin through tanning to make blemishes blend in and fade away. This is something you can do to see an immediate improvement in your pregnancy stretch marks. Try getting a natural tan through sitting out in the sun as it’s better for your skin versus a tanning bed and also allows you to get real vitamin D. Vitamin D is an antioxidant which can improve skin health and reduce inflammation as an added bonus.

Keep up your exercise routine

Exercise and skin health go hand-in-hand. It’s very common to gain weight while you’re pregnant and to have trouble losing it afterward. This is why it’s wise to begin exercising on a regular basis to shed any extra weight you gained while having your child. Losing weight will help reduce stretch marks and tone muscles which will also improve your overall physique, covering up any marks you gained. Try doing cardio and light weights a few times per week to begin. These are simple enough to do from home, although you could invest in a gym membership to gain access to more machines and classes.