One of the concerns of a pregnant woman is the appearance of those dreaded stretch marks. Women go to extreme measures to prevent them, but little do they know, it’s genetic! You either get them or you don’t. If you’re mother had stretch marks, theres a big chance that you’ll get them too. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 90% of women will get them sometime after their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy.
There’s no way to prevent them from happening, contrary to the market of creams and oils that claim they do. Don’t be fooled, they don’t. However, there are a few things you can do to help with your body’s ever growing belly (well at least for now). It’s always a good idea to keep your skin hydrated with a rich lotion or cream, especially if it makes your skin feel better, look smoother and more toned, and helps the itchiness that can come with your growing belly. It also helps to keep your body hydrated with water, and of course that’s also good for the little bambino!
But when you’ve drank all the water and applied all the lotions in the house and that first stretch mark appears, what do you do?
1) Cry: Yes, just get it out. It’s apart of the process. I got three at once and was totally devastated, even though I knew that it was inevitable. It’s not superficial or vain, it’s just the realization that you have officially acquired a new mark on your body that will be with you for the rest of your life. Change is good, but it’s uncomfortable; so don’t let anyone take away your moment to say goodbye to the belly you’ve known for all your life and begin to love the one you’ll have once the baby arrives.
2) Wipe your tears and begin to accept: Once the crying is over, wipe those tears and begin to accept the new you. (CLICHE ALERT!!) You’re body is doing one of the most amazing things in human history. You are creating life and no one can create life, like the body of a woman. How amazing! In the midst of your tears, know that these new marks signify the life that is growing inside of you!
3) Keep doing what you’ve been doing: Don’t stop hydrating yourself and keep packing on the lotions. Although it didn’t prevent them, you want to keep your stomach moist, so that you don’t scratch and irritate your skin further.
One of the main reasons for writing this post is to help me in my transition. I am nearing the end of my pregnancy and can’t wait to meet my baby, and with the end near, the stretch marks are starting to appear. I have to remind myself each day that when he get’s here, it will all be worth it.