It’s one of those things that seem to go hand in hand with pregnancy, right?
We all think about it and we all hope we don’t get them.
And while there totally are times that you do ALL THE THINGS right, and still get them because…. genetics 🙁 there are some things you can do to lessen the chances of you getting them.
So, I have a high chance of getting them as my mom and aunts all got them.
To say the least, I was scared.
Luckily… well, because I put in the work, I had 2 pregnancies and no stretch marks.
So today I want to share with you 5 tips so you can do everything you can to prevent them.
And listen, if you already have them from prior pregnancies, I know that it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
So many moms have the right mind set and have learned to embrace them as the effect from a beautiful blessing.
But know, that this is a fresh start and we can do everything we can on THIS pregnancy to lower the chances of getting any more.
Why Do We Get Stretch Marks
During pregnancy our skin is forced to stretch fast and beyond what it’s used to. This causes trauma to the skin, causing scars. The collagen and fibers in the skin tear as the skin stretches, which is what leaves the marks.
Hormones are also to blame for stretch marks during pregnancy. Fibroblasts are not as strong as usual, which makes it hard for the skin to stretch. Also, collagen levels are lower during pregnancy, which make skin less elastic and easier to stretch rapidly, leaving marks.
Good news, there’s things we can do about all of this.
5 Tips To Prevent Stretch Marks
1. Eat More Protein
Our skin loves protein.
Aside from being a MACRO NUTRIENT and the one most important for our babies development in-utero, killing insatiable hunger and crushing cravings…
Protein is amazing for skin, hair and nails.
Consuming more protein will strengthen your skin as well as give it the collagen it needs to handle the rapid stretching.
This is another reason why mPower Protein Powder is so good.
Aside from being a complete source of high quality protein, rich in collagen, it also has a complete multi-vitamin, and all the B vitamins to help with energy as well as probiotics and digestive enzymes to help your belly.
mPower Protein Powder was created for pregnancy and is by far the BEST TASTING PROTEIN you have ever had in your life…. legit 🙂
2. Increase Collagen Intake
While protein does have collagen and supplementing with a protein powder daily, like mPower is great….
You most likely don’t get enough protein in your diet in order to get enough collagen.
So supplementing with a good quality collagen powder is a great idea during pregnancy.
Want more information on supplements during pregnancy? Check out this blog post with SURPRISING FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PREGNANT/ BREASTFEEDING VITAMINS.
3. Control Weight Gain
Rapid and excess weight gain is going to cause your skin to stretch faster which will cause the marks because your body isn’t used to that kind of stretching and at that rate.
If you gain less excess weight, your skin won’t have to stretch as much making your chances of them, much less.
So make sure you are exercising 3-4 times a week.
I always talk about how resistance based workouts are so good for you, they build muscle which is metabolically active tissue, which helps you burn more fat and also gives you muscle tone.
Exercise is also good for circulation and getting a lot of blood flow to the skin which is also good.
If you are making healthy food choices, not eating for 2, not giving in to sugar cravings and you are moderately exercising, you should not gain excess weight.
Making your chances of a stretch mark free pregnancy, much higher 🙂
4. Hydrate and Moisturize
When your skin is dry, it cannot stretch easily.
Remember, we want to make it as seamless as possible for your skin to stretch.
If we can make it a slow process and an easy process, you will not get stretch marks.
So drinking A LOT OF WATER is crucial.
Buy yourself a new cute cup that holds at least 20 ounces of water and make sure you drink half your body weight in pounds, in ounces of water plus another 20-30% if you are exercising.
This should be a priority EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.
Water Consumption Hack
Set a goal of ounces, write it down on a post it and put it several places and make sure you get those ounces in. This is huge!
Keeping the skin moisturized will also help in how the skin stretches.
I love using Organic Coconut oil or any natural based creams with no parabans or chemicals in them.
Make sure to read the ingredients.
I used to use coconut oil twice a day. Everywhere…my boobs, belly, hips, butt, thighs.
5. Take Fish Oil & Vitamin C
Omega-3s supports ligament healing, reduces inflammation and enhances collagen production.
Foods High in Omega-3
Fish: Mackerel, Sardines, Oysters, Herring, Salmon
Seeds: Flax, Chia & Walnuts
Most people don’t eat a lot of these foods even when NOT pregnant, which is why it’s so important to supplement with a good Fish Oil.
By the way, I am working on the next supplement for you guys.
There are so many that I know you need and that will help you so much during pregnancy and beyond.
Help me pick which to launch next.
I’m working on:
- Fish Oil
Would love for you to REPLY TO THIS EMAIL and let me know which one of the 3 you would be most interested in. These are the top 3 I know you need to most of during pregnancy, breastfeeding and as a busy mom.
Vitamin C plays a huge role in natural collagen production so its important to get enough of it.
It also plays a vital role in skin repair.
I use Emergen-C packets.
This is good to take on and off.
I hope you found this helpful.
Isn’t it incredible how much of our nutrition affects so much?
That is why people can heal themselves from crazy diseases like cancer through food and natural supplements.
I always tell you, supplements are what the word indicates…
It’s IN ADDITION TO.
It cannot make up for a good nutrition, but it can really add to it and make it better and fill the gaps.
So make sure that above all you are
- Eating healthy
- Not eating the same things all the time so you can get a variety of nutrients that are important.
- Taking your prenatal and other vitamins.
- Increasing your Protein Intake (mPower Protein is perfect for this and the above)
- Drink a lot of water
- Take fish oil
Check out this video on 3 important habits that every pregnant woman should have.
P.S. You have no idea how life changing it is to be able to drink a delicious ice cream milkshake and know that you are killing so many birds with one stone…. Prenatal, Protein, Probiotics, Collagen, Meal Replacement, Craving Crusher, Hunger Killer…. It is legit insanely delicious. So if you haven’t tried it yet, it will be the best investment you will make all pregnancy. You are gonna love it 🙂