There are still questions concerning how to prevent stretch
marks during pregnancy which require more precise and
informative answers. Dealing with stretch marks can be tough
sometimes, especially when they have already appeared.
Understanding the causes and the process of occurrence
can give you an edge to preventing and reducing it.
Pregnancy is the highest trigger to the cause of
but it cannot be concluded that pregnancy
is one of the causes of stretch marks. Among the most prevalent
factors associated with stretch marks are:
- Family history of stretch marks
- High weight during pregnancy
- Personal history of stretch marks
- Type of birth (multiple or single birth)
How Stretch Marks are Formed During Pregnancy
The situation for many women during pregnancy is mostly
the issue of unhealthy skin. It is the major risk factor
and what makes it difficult for them to prepare to prevent
stretch marks is that they are hardly aware that their skin
has some sort of deficiency. This is because, physical
symptoms are not largely expressed when there is a deficiency
with the skin elastic fibers until it (the skin) comes under
additional pressure. Such a skin is not prepared for the
emergence of stretch marks. Failing to prepare alone can
raise the chance of having stretch marks during pregnancy
by up to 10%. Adding to the general chance of the occurrence
of stretch marks among women, which is between 50-90%
(depending on the prevailing factors) will even increase the
chances the more.
What happens at molecular level when the elastic fibers are
not healthy is mainly in the form of distortion and deformation.
Elastic fibers are arranged in regular and organized manner,
it is with this arrangement that they work with a combined
effort to keep the dermis in form. Elastic fibers have different
arrangement in different tissues. In the dermis, elastin for
example, are laterally packed, forming a horizontal arrangement.
Elastin fibers are thin filament but they form an organized
network with one another. The lateral arrangement of elastin
fibers in the dermis is naturally structured to support contraction
and expansion of the skin tissue - this is very supportive in
time of weight gain or loss.
During pregnancy, especially on the third trimester, there is a
sharp weight gain and this in turn affects the skin. If stretch
marks occur during this period, it must have been due to the
unhealthy condition of the elastin fibers. In most cases,
stretch marks occur when there is not a proper arrangement of
the elastin fibers or due to lack of proper network connection.
When stretch marks are fully formed, the elastin fibers are
already deformed and have largely lost their elastic property.
It is the same elastic property that is needed to restore the
skin to its normal shape and form after pregnancy. Depending on
how much of the elasticity property that is lost, the skin in its
efforts to naturally regain it becomes lax as the efforts spent
by the skin only result in causing the skin to be more lose.
This can be threatening to the beauty of the skin as it can
quickly age the skin.
Analytics of How Stretch Marks Are Formed During Pregnancy
Elastin in a normal appearing skin may remain intact even
during pregnancy. Most elastic fibers are disrupted as pressure
begins to be mounted on the body. The disruption is caused by
rapid stretching without corresponding elasticity strength
to contain the strain – this is the start point of stretch marks.
Disrupted elastic fibers are often weak fibers and are usually
further weakened by the lack of skin nutrients. Some women
largely ignore their skin need probably because deficiency
in skin nutrients doesn’t pose any health risks.
Apart from fewer fibers in a band of elastic fibers,
disruption is the first sign of the presence of unhealthy
elastin and collagen fibers. This is a major part of how stretch
marks are formed during pregnancy.
As the skin elastic fibers are being disrupted they continue
to lose their function and are replaced by disorganized fibers;
these fibers are thinner and also weaker both in strength and
elasticity. This poses even a bigger problem. When they are
disorganized they lose their network connections. For elastic
fibers of the skin to be effective in their ‘snap back’ ability
they need to work in band. It’s a lot easier for more fibers in
a given band to return the skin to its formal state than for
fewer bands of fibers. A band with fewer elastic fibers highly
prone to breaking when a stress load is mounted on them. Once
elastic fibers get starts getting disrupted, there has been
created a free pathway to the loss of healthy skin fibers.
How You Can Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy
The issue with pregnancy is that the problem of sudden increase.
It’s natural for a resultant increasing weight at pregnancy
but problems arise when there are not enough or elastic fibers
to hold the skin in place to prevent damage and to return it to
its normal form. As weight increases during pregnancy, the skin
elastic fibers stretch along with it, holding the skin tissue
from unevenly expanding. At this point, positions from the
elastic fibers to the skin tissue are maintained. For a long
time (like, throughout pregnancy) these elastic fibers can remain
in the stretch state or gradually stretch as additional weight
amounts. Collagen helps especially at this time to provide
support for the elastic fibers and the skin tissues. If these
are maintained, there is only a little chance that stretch marks
will occur. If the efficiency of the elastic fibers remain
constant, other factors associated (mentioned above) with the
cause of stretch marks can still increase the chance of having
stretch marks, but for a healthy skin with healthy elastic fibers
and collagen, the chance may only be negligible.
Trying to fix the elastic fibers when they have already developed
problems requires more efforts. Fighting stretch marks during
pregnancy when they have already appeared will also be very difficult.
There is no oil, cream or ointment that can actually stop stretch marks.
What an effective treatment does is to developed healthy elastic
fiber (including elastin and collagen), and gradually fade existing
marks. When trying to prevent or treat stretch marks, it is best to
used a preventive treatment even if there are visible marks already.
If you can take measures to block what causes them, then you can stop
new stretch marks from forming. Focusing on fading the marks alone
(if you already have some) will not stop stretch marks - it’s like
using a make up to cover a scar, when the makeup is swashed off the
mark reappears. Using naturally-made cream helps best and fastest
to build healthy elastin and collagen fibers, although this method
does not offer you the fast fading of existing marks like the
surgical and laser methods do. The use of creams with natural
ingredients still offer the best option for getting rid of stretch
marks as well as preventing them safely.