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Stretch Marks During Pregnancy, How to Prevent it Safely

Stretch Marks Prevention

If you are worried about stretch marks during your period of pregnancy, you need not worry. You are not alone. Although there is a high probability that you will have them at pregnancy, there are safe and effective methods that you can use to prevent them as well.
This article tends to help you understand the formation and treatment of stretch marks during pregnancy.

skin without stretch marks during pregnancy

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 striae gravidarum 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.

Disruption Period

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.

Disorganization Period

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.

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