The pregnancy period is an unforgettable one for every woman, as your body is getting ready to bring a new life into the world. But, not everything is great about this magical part of our lives. The body of a woman goes through many challenges, pushing itself toward new limits. So, no matter how cute a bump is, the abdomen ends up being the part of a woman’s body that suffers the most significant changes during pregnancy. Yes, we are talking about stretch marks, those rather unaesthetic marks on the skin that usually appear when the skin stretches too much in a very short time. The good news is that there are ways to lower their presence and make sure you have a better recovery once you give birth to your child.
First, we need to understand what makes stretch marks appear. As mentioned earlier, when the skin expands faster than normal and its cell renewal capacity is exceeded, things start going wrong. The elastic fibers of the skin that are right beneath its surface, start breaking under the pressure of the increasing stretching. When these fibers break, stretch marks appear in the damaged skin areas. Considering the dimensions reached by the tummy of a pregnant woman in just 9 months, it is no wonder that the skin will look so worked out.
So, we can week minimize stretch marks while pregnant? While there is no miraculous cream that will make them disappear like magic, with a bit of care we can minimize their presence and make them fade away once they appear. The first rule is to keep our body as hydrated as possible. A hydrated body means an elastic and supple skin, which will withstand constant stretching much better. So, while you may know this from your doctor, drinking plenty of water is more than helpful during pregnancy. Yes, you could also use a hydrating cream as well, to keep the skin on your tummy smooth and better toned, but don’t rely on creams to make your stretch marks vanish.
Also, paying attention to your diet is not benefic just for your health during pregnancy, but will also allow you to maintain your skin in great shape. Thus, go for foods that are rich in vitamin C, A, and silica, as all of these promote the formation of collagen, the one responsible for making our skin elastic and plump. Among these three, vitamin C has higher importance because, due to its antioxidant properties, it minimizes skin damages. But don’t overlook vitamins B2 and B3, as they are also important for skin health.
Another tip to reduce stretch marks is to follow a physical exercise routine. Exercising at a moderate rate when you’re pregnant is great for allowing you to rest properly at night, to keep energy levels high, mood swings at bay, and improve your self-esteem. But it will also work by stimulating your circulation, which means more oxygen and nutrients will reach your skin, allowing it to be better prepared to face the stretching process. Also, you may want to know that exercising will also prevent your ankles from getting swollen and varicose veins from emerging. So, you have more than one reason to do exercises in a constant manner when pregnant.
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