I have seen so many posts on stretch marks inside my private FB group lately, that I wanted to address it and give you some tips. Because it seems like everyone has questions and is asking for tips.
First things first, let’s get something clear, that yes, it is genetic to some degree.
But the good news is that we are NOT a victim of our genetics.
It’s in my genetics…. My mom, all my aunts…
But I didn’t get them. So there is hope, my friend.
Luckily, there are a lot of things we can do before and during pregnancy to help lessen our chances of getting them.
By the way, one huge way that has been helping women is collagen.
I have been taking collagen myself for about a year but I don’t think I’ve seen huge results.
But I can’t find a good one. Do you have a good one?, if you do, let me know in the comments.
I started doing some research on collagen and found out that collagen that mixes easily is not good collagen.
As I had been looking for one that mixes easily into my coffee…..
I’m so glad I found this out!
Apparently that means the fibers in the collagen aren’t strong enough and has little collagen per serving and the wrong type.
UGH….. do you know how much money I have spent on Thrive Collagen and Vital Peptides.
I can imagine how much better results I would get with better collagen.
There are so many benefits to collage which is why I started taking it even though I don’t plan to have any more benefits.
Collagen is good for:
- Skin, Hair, Nails and Teeth
- Lowers Joint Pain (my parents are arthritic so I figured I’d be preventative)
- Its good for the gut (so much is affected by gut health… including fat loss)
- Increases muscle
- Good for the liver
- Improves blood flow
I mean, that’s a lot of benefits.
Anyhow I can’t find one that doesn’t mix so easily and is a better, stronger quality.
So I have been talking to the manufacturers of mPower to see if they can help me formulate a top of the line, medical grade collagen that also won’t break the bank.
This one I did selfishly because I really need it.
But was wondering…. Is collagen something you would want?
Should I pursue this? Let me know in the comments.
Ok, back to the 7 tips to prevent stretch marks.
Easy stuff you can apply right away.
7 Tips To Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy
Eat Omega 3’s
They help the skin stay flexible which helps tons when we are gaining weight in pregnancy so that the skin can stretch without tearing.
Take Vitamin D
You are probably already doing this.. if not… you need to. Most of us are deficient in it. But it helps keep the skin healthy and during pregnancy we need to focus on the skin as well so that it can be at its prime to not tear.
I told you above all the reasons its good for you, but I found this incredible study on Pregnancy and Collagen and just how important collagen is for pregnancy.
You can check it out here (warning, it is scientific) lol
Stable and Balanced Weight Gain
Weight gain isn’t the problem. It’s the significant and fast weight gain that shocks the skin and makes it tear.
Which is why I’m always trying to give you tips to help control weight gain.
Moisturize The Skin
Duh, but so important. Make sure you are using good and natural moisturizers and moisturize often. During both my pregnancies, I did 3 times a day. Morning, afternoon and before bed.
Eat A lot of Veggies and Fruit
While there is no research that says fruits and vegetables prevent stretch marks, there is evidence showing that healthy skin needs a varitey of nutrients.
Yet another reason to eat healthy and try to get in different foods all the time so you can get a vast array of nutrients.
Not only does exercise obviously help with controlling weight gain so that the skin doesn’t go into show and stretch too fast and tear…
Exercise also increases blood flow to the skin, which can help the skin rebuild itself.
Need some motivation to start working out? Check out this video.
Sunscreen It Up
The sun’s UV rays damage the skin’s collagen and elastin, which can make stretch marks more likely to form.
Ok, there you go, I hope you can start applying these tips right away.
Doing all of these things should be simple and really help you diminish the chances of getting stretch marks. If your looking for more tips on how to control weight gain during pregnancy, check out this post.