Pregnant

What causes stretch marks and how to treat them

Giving birth to a little human is one of the most amazing and rewarding things your body can do. Most women get stretch marks during pregnancy as the skin stretches and changes so your body can accommodate your baby. They usually appear on the tummy and sometimes on the upper thighs and breasts as your pregnancy progresses and your bump starts to grow. It’s different from woman to woman, and eventually they do fade but this may take a few years.

What can we do about stretch marks?

Many women embrace their stretch marks and wear them proudly as a badge of empowerment and confidence – some endearingly refer to them as “tiger stripes”. However, many women feel self-conscious about them, so we have devised some tips for treating them.

How to minimise the mid-pregnancy stretch marks

The best way to try and combat stretch marks is with hydration and nourishment, and the best place to start is from the inside therefore drink plenty of water and add plenty of foods rich in vitamins. Also, make sure you drink lots of water and maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Drinking lots of water is always a good idea, but during pregnancy it will be greatly beneficial to stay hydrated.

Moisturise daily throughout your pregnancy (especially on your bump) using a light moisturiser, such as cocoa butter or Bio Oil. 

Lotions and potions

It doesn’t hurt to moisturise daily throughout your pregnancy (especially on your bump) using a light moisturiser, such as cocoa butter or Bio Oil. This may prevent stretch marks from forming and will definitely help with any dry, itchy skin that may come with pregnancy.
There are many different lotions available, ranging from home made remedies to creams with a healthy price tag, so choose whatever you think will be best for you. Your stretch marks may hang around for a bit, and might even look a little more noticeable post-delivery. Fortunately, however, they won't stay so vividly hued forever. After your baby arrives, they usually fade to a less noticeable (and more easily concealable) silvery grey color. Meanwhile, try to wear them with pride. We’ve earned our tiger stripes!