They are genetic but preventable if you gain weight slowly and steadily. At almost 25 weeks I have no stretch marks but have gained about 30 pounds since PrPg. However the last month is very demanding on the skin and likely will cause a few marks.
Moisturizers don't particularly prevent them but can help with the dryness that comes with stretching.
My mum had stretch marks badly but when I was pregnant with my first I religiously used coco butter by Palmers every day and didn't get a single stretch mark. I was a size 6 before being pregnant and a size 8 to 10 after carrying a 8lb 12oz baby. Second time around I was a size 10 before pregnancy, I thought 'oh I must have Those genetics for lack of stretch marks first time around. ' Wrong!, my sloppy application of coco butter (when I even remembered to) led to stretch marks with dd. And she was much smaller. This time I've brought mio belly oil and mio belly butter. Hoping to not increase the old ones or in the very least add more
I honestly don't believe it is only genetic, just from personal experience. I say that because my mom has them on her stomach, but I don't. She also gained about 50lbs during pregnancy, while I gained about 35lbs. If you want to know my honest thoughts on it, I think stretch marks are more so from gaining weight quickly rather than just because of the genetic factor. I say this because I had none until my body gained more rapidly during the last 4 weeks, and when I got them, I only a few on one of my thighs. None on my stomach. I am built differently than my mom and I also have a petite frame. I was about 130lbs and 5-4 and 1/2 pre pregnancy. Even though my mom is only about 1-1/2 inches taller than me, she carries her weight differently and looks too skinny at 130lbs.
I used bio oil for 2 weeks around the 20 week mark, but had to stop as I developed a rash. I also tried to use the Palmer's body butter toward the 7th month, developed a really bad rash, and had to stop that too. I just used Vitamin E serum as it didn't cause any issues.
During puberty, I got some small ones on my hips and thighs; again, from gaining a good 25 or so pounds in a year.
My suggestion is to eat well and stay hydrated. Don't use pregnancy as an excuse to eat poorly or binge, (some people do this--my mom included) and you will give yourself the best chance of gaining at a slower, more gradual rate. Please also don't not eat to keep from gaining. I would have a healthy snack whenever I felt a bit nauseous--banana, water; or crackers and a bit of cheese. Even at 3am.
Looking for suggestions to treat stretch marks. My friend was above 80kgs before joining the dating website here she went to a weight loss session that caused stretch marks under her arms. Is there any way to get rid of stretch marks quickly as she is getting married with the help of dating website and want to treat them before the wedding day.
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