How do you prevent stretch marks during pregnancy?

Congratulations if you are reading this and are pregnant!

During pregnancy when you put on weight, the abdomen (stomach) is gradually stretched, this can cause stretch marks to appear. Some women even find that stretch marks can appear on the thighs, buttocks and on the breasts as they get bigger and heavier. Roughly between 75 and 90% of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy. 

There are some small tricks out there that can help prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. But if you have any concerns please seek advice from your GP or Midwife.

Hints & tips to avoid stretch marks when pregnant…

  1. Don’t eat for two

It can help if you can control your weight. One of the most helpful things you can do to prevent stretch marks, whether you're pregnant or not, is to maintain a healthy weight. ...

It is normal to put weight on during pregnancy, but it is a common myth to eat for two! Whilst pregnant or breastfeeding, you will need to take in additional calories (around 500 a day). To help maintain a healthier weight, use these additional calories for nutritious calories not fatty ones. But always make sure you see your GP, midwife or health visitor for advice if you are worried about your weight.

  1. Stay hydrated

stay hydrated to prevent pregnancy stretch marks

During pregnancy, your body needs water, as it can help with developments, such as to form amniotic fluid, produce extra blood volume, build new tissue, carry nutrients, help indigestion and flush out your wastes and toxins. Try to drink plenty of water, but if that’s a struggle try eating food that contains plenty of water, such as watermelon, cucumbers, strawberries or lettuce. 

  1. Eat a nutrient-rich diet

When pregnant your body will need additional nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Some tips nutritious foods to eat whilst you’re pregnant include: Dairy products, (as you will need extra protein and calcium to meet the needs of the growing fetus) legumes, sweet potatoes, salmon, eggs, broccoli or any dark, leafy greens, lean meat and fish liver oil. 

  1. Eat foods rich in zinc

Zinc can help the cell growth of your baby, so you will need to make sure that you are getting enough zinc, because there's so much rapid cell growth. This essential mineral also helps support your immune system, maintain your senses of taste and smell, and heal wounds. 

  1. Moisturise

Moisturise your bump to prevent stretch marks

Whilst pregnant your hormone levels are higher, and as your skin stretches it can leave it dry, and itchy. One of the key things to do whilst pregnant is to frequently moisturise. Try SilDerm Stretch Mark Prevention Oil to moisturise to help prevent stretch marks appearing, the sooner you start to moisturise the skin will keep hydrated then the results should be better.