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Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Pregnancy Stretch Marks- Causes, Prevention And Treatment

Dr. Shireen Singh
Medically Reviewed By:

Dr. Shireen Singh, MBBS.

Written by Our Editorial Team


Pregnancy is a very beautiful journey in an individual's life, but with all this, it also brings physical changes that some women find concerning. One such concern is pregnancy stretch marks. The lines on the skin can be a source of worry for pregnant women. The stretch marks can't be completely prevented but there are some ways to minimize them.

Understanding Stretch Marks

Pregnancy stretch marks are a common skin concern among women. They typically appear as pink, red, purple or brown lines on the skin. Stretch marks during pregnancy commonly appear on the abdomen, thighs, and breasts.

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Causes of Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

The primary cause of stretch marks during pregnancy is that the skin stretches too rapidly to create a living space for the baby, which leads to the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibres. Stretch marks are likely to be more in individuals carrying twins or triplets or those with bigger babies. Hormonal changes and weight gain can also play a role in making the skin more prone to stretch marks.

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Types Of Stretch Marks

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Pregnant woman stretch marks come in two primary forms: red or purple (Striae Rubra) and white or silver (Striae Alba). Striae Rubra is considered an acute stage. In this stretch marks are a sign that the skin has recently stretched, and is more likely to respond to treatment. While Striae Alba is a mature stage, in this the stretch marks tend to become lighter in colour, transitioning from red or purple to a silvery-white hue. They are older and may be more challenging to address.

How To Get Rid Of Them?

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At ThriveCo, we understand the concerns about stretch marks due to pregnancy. While it's important to acknowledge that completely getting rid of stretch marks may be challenging, we firmly believe in minimizing their impact. That's why we've developed the Stretch Marks Expert Serum Cream, a powerful formula designed to address both old and new stretch marks.

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This expert formula is infused with Striover™ , the number one ingredient for effective stretch mark reduction. This remarkable ingredient plays a vital role in fighting the effects of pregnancy:

1. Striover™ reactivates Collagen and Elastin fibres. These fibres are essential for maintaining skin elasticity and preventing the formation of stretch marks.

2. Striover™ increases Collagen Synthesis. Collagen is a fundamental protein that provides strength and structure to your skin.

3. During pregnancy the skin undergoes significant changes so Striover™regenerates and reconstructs the skin ensuring that it regains its natural texture and resilience.

Other Treatments For Stretch Marks

While it is important to know that stretch marks are a natural phenomenon in Pregnant women, many may feel self-conscious or insecure about them. That's why there are various methods made available to solve these concerns. These methods can make them fade but never completely disappear.

1. Creams

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Creams containing ingredients like retinoids or hyaluronic acid can improve the appearance of stretch marks when used regularly.

2. Laser Therapy

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Laser treatments can stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

3. Chemical Peels

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Chemical peels use a chemical solution to remove the top layer of skin, revealing new skin underneath.

4. Microneedling


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In microneedling, there is the use of tiny needles to create micro-injuries in the skin, stimulate collagen production and improve the texture of stretch marks.

5. Surgical Procedures

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In cases of severe stretch marks, surgical procedures like tummy tuck can be considered.

Can I Prevent Stretch Marks?

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Preventing stretch marks involves maintaining skin elasticity, particularly during periods of changes in body size. Here are some tips to help prevent stretch marks

  1. Hydration: Drink plenty of water to keep your skin well-hydrated from within.
  2. Diet: Consume a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals to support skin health like fruits.
  3. Pregnancy stretch marks creams: Use good-quality pregnancy stretch marks cream to keep your skin supple. Look for products that have ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, or hyaluronic acid.
  4. Avoid Rapid Weight Gain or Loss: Try to maintain weight gain or weight loss to prevent excessive stretching of the skin.
  5. Gentle Massage: Regularly massage the areas prone to stretch marks, it can improve blood circulation and skin elasticity.
  6. Wear Supportive Clothing: Wear supportive maternity clothes during pregnancy which can help reduce the strain on your skin.
  7. Stay Active: Engaging in gentle exercises can help maintain muscle tone and skin elasticity.

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Remember, while these measures can help minimise the risk of stretch marks, they may not guarantee complete removal as genetic factors and individual skin types also play a role.

In this journey of life, stretch marks often become a part of our story, particularly during the beautiful phase that is pregnancy. While they may not disappear, we can minimise them. From staying hydrated and using specialised products mainly created for the sole purpose just like our product, Stretch Marks Expert Serum Cream which is designed to support those who may feel insecure about these beautiful marks to also seeking professional help. But let us remember that our natural body is something to be celebrated, and these marks are a testament to the remarkable transformations our bodies undergo. Embracing our unique journey is a beautiful part of the process and feeling confident in our skin is a gift we can give to ourselves.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do pregnancy stretch marks go away?

Pregnancy stretch marks may fade over time but they do not completely disappear.

2. What month do stretch marks appear in pregnancy?

Research says that 9 out of 10 pregnant women develop stretch marks usually during the second trimester, around the 6th to 7th Month.

3. What helps get rid of stretch marks during pregnancy?

Getting rid of stretch marks is impossible but we can minimize the appearance by using creams or oils specially designed for stretch mark prevention and moisturizing the skin regularly. Additionally maintaining a healthy diet, staying hydrated and avoiding rapid weight changes can also help in minimizing.

4. How do celebrities avoid stretch marks during pregnancy?

Celebrities often have access to various resources and treatments to help manage stretch marks. They undergo proper training, dietary plans, Dermatologist treatments and cosmetic procedures to deal with stretch marks.

About Doctor :

Dr. Shireen Singh

Dr. Shireen Singh, MBBS, MD Dermatology, is a trusted dermatologist with over 8 years of specialized experience. Passionate about empowering individuals to achieve their hair and skin care goals, she combines cutting-edge technologies with personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual's needs. She's dedicated to helping you achieve vibrant hair and glowing skin. Dr. Shireen loves research and is here to share her expertise for your health and happiness.




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