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How can I avoid stretch marks?

I'm pregnant w our 1st and very excited!

This might sound vain, but I really am afraid of getting stretch marks! I love wearing bikinis and want to be a hot mom!

Thanks for your advice!

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:15 AM on Jun. 1, 2013 in Pregnancy

Answers (13)
  • It's my understanding that they are hereditary. You either get them, or you don't. I do know that you can't hurt matters if you apply cocoa butter lotion to help your skin stay supple and moisturized. Good luck! and if by chance you do get some, just remember to be proud of nature's merit badges. :)

    Answer by tessiedawg at 2:38 AM on Jun. 1, 2013

  • Women who tend to scar easily are more prone to stretch marks than those who don't. Liberal use of cocoa butter lotion a few times a day may help.

    Answer by Ballad at 2:56 AM on Jun. 1, 2013

  • Oh, and congrats on your pregnancy, by the way! How exciting!

    Answer by Ballad at 2:57 AM on Jun. 1, 2013

  • There isn't really anything you can do about them - they're hereditary. All you can do is hope!

    Good luck!

    Answer by winterglow at 3:58 AM on Jun. 1, 2013

  • Don't get pregnant works.

    Answer by louise2 at 7:59 AM on Jun. 1, 2013

  • Watching how quickly you gain weight could help but there hereditary ...

    Answer by rachel216 at 9:43 AM on Jun. 1, 2013

  • I didn't get any with my first, but got a few with my second. Don't look at your pregnancy as a chance to eat any and all the foods you want continue to eat the same, gain your weight slow and steady to allow your skin a gradual stretch and don't scratch your stomach. If it itches put lotion on it then pat your stomach to relieve the itch.

    Answer by cassie_kellison at 10:39 AM on Jun. 1, 2013

  • I didn't get any with either pregnancy. I think maybe gaining too much weight can cause them but I'm nit sure. Just eat right & stay away from fatty foods. I only gained 26 pounds with both pregnancies & weighed less after I delivered than before I got pregnant. I wasn't dieting, just watched what I ate. I eliminated salty foods, no fast food & watched the sugar. Congrats!

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 11:20 AM on Jun. 1, 2013

  • Congratulations!
    Try to keep your weight gain within a healthy range. Make sure you're eating healthy foods, including healthy fats, and that you're drinking plenty of water. You can also massage your abdomen (you can put on lotion with it) to help keep the tissue pliable (there's mixed research on the effectiveness of this). DON'T scratch your stomach if it itches- massaging it and using lotion can help some with the itching.
    Good luck!

    Answer by musicpisces at 11:46 AM on Jun. 1, 2013

  • There is no sure fire prevention. I only gained 22 lbs with my first (which is the most I gained with any of my 5 pregnancies, I'm 120 lbs so not overweight), and I still have a few. BioOil I think helps as well.

    Answer by missanc at 6:15 PM on Jun. 1, 2013

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