Top 6 ways to naturally prevent stretch marks

During pregnancy your belly, butt, boobs, and thighs can grow and expand quickly causing stretch marks. The average woman should gain between 25-35lbs, if you are underweight you need to gain more and if you are overweight you might gain a bit less.

Stretch marks appear when the skin becomes overstretched and the fibers in deep layers tear. About 90% of women will get stretch marks during the 6th or 7th month of pregnancy, so you are not alone. If your mom has stretch marks, then you are more likely to get them since they can be genetic.

People who are working to build muscles quickly can also find they get stretch marks on their major muscle groups if they are growing really quickly. The tips below are awesome for pregnant ladies but also those working to build muscle quickly.

Naturally prevent stretch marks

The bad news is that stretch marks don’t go away, the good news is that they fade with time and there is a lot you can do to prevent them.

1. Massage with a nourishing oil daily

Massage a nourishing oil or cream to your belly, boobs, butt, and thighs daily. You can start as early as the first trimester so that you are in the habit of doing it daily by the time the second trimester rolls around. Some natural oils and products that work are:   

  • Raw shae butter 
  • A mixture of ½ cup olive oil, ¼ cup aloe vera, liquid vitamin E from 6 capsules, and vitamin A from 4 capsules  
  • Cocoa butter  
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Coconut oil

2. Stay hydrated

Water keeps your skin cells plump and more likely to bounce back from the stress caused by stretching. 

3. Eat a diet rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and Omega 3s

A diet rich in skin nourishing foods that are high in vitamin E, vitamin A, and omega 3s will help prevent stretchmarks.

  • Vitamin E protects the skin cell membranes and can be found in nuts, seeds, avocado, broccoli, and collard greens.   
  • Vitamin A repairs skin tissues and can be found in carrots, sweet potatoes, mangos, squash, and red bell peppers. 
  • Omega 3 keeps the cell membrane healthy and makes your skin glow. It can be found in fish, walnuts, and eggs.

4. Exercise

Exercise improves circulation, which helps the skin retain its elasticity.

5. Try dry brushing

Try brushing will exfoliate your skin and increase circulation which keeps your skin healthy. Dry brushing can reduce the appearance of stretch marks you already have and prevent new ones for appearing.

6. Collagen

Collagen improves your skin’s elasticity and some believe that taking collagen supplements or drinking bone broth can reduce stretch marks. Increase collagen production by eating lots of foods high in vitamin C like broccoli, cabbage, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, peppers, and strawberries. You can also supplement with collagen powder.

This is just a sneak peek at the information I include in my book Healthy Holistic Pregnancy. In the book I cover 27 common pregnancy related discomforts and include lots of tips on how to prevent them naturally. You can find out more on my website JesseLaneWellness.com

Jesse Lane Lee, CNP