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Stretch Marks And Skin Changes In Pregnancy

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  • Sharon Hopkins
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 14, 2006
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      Article Title: Stretch Marks And Skin Changes In Pregnancy
      Author: Sharon Hopkins
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      There are countless physical changes to your skin, both
      pleasurable and painful attributed to your pregnancy only.

      The common skin change that most pregnant woman experience is
      the stretch marks. Stretch marks are separations of the outer
      layers of skin caused by the overstretching of underlying

      Beside pregnant women, stretch marks are found on children who
      are obese, adolescents who have a sudden growth spurt during
      puberty and athletes and body builders who do constant
      exercises. The most commonly affected areas by stretch marks
      are hips, abdomen, breasts, thighs and buttocks. Stretch marks
      are itchy reddish marks.

      In pregnancy, heredity plays an important role in determining
      who will have and will not have stretch marks. If your mother
      has had them, chances are that you will get them too, unless
      you were born with stretchy skin. There is no sure shot remedy
      for stretch marks as mostly they fade after delivery. The only
      way to avoid stretch marks is to prevent them. We recommend the
      following �

      - Massage vitamin E or olive oil on the abdomen areas from the
      start of your pregnancy. Massage it liberally over the marks
      after a shower. Incase you skip a shower, clean the area with a
      wet cloth and then apply the oil.

      - Regular exercise helps to tone your muscles and keep your
      skin firm.

      - Maintain healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Plenty of
      proteins and vitamin C & E foods should be included in your
      diet. Increase your intake of minerals such as zinc and silica
      to maintain healthy skin.

      - One ounce of sweet almond or jojoba oil with 7-8 drops of
      lavender and chamomile oils is a good homemade recipe.

      - Avoid excessive weight gain in a short time span.

      - Cocoa butter reduces stretch marks and helps to keep the skin

      - Wear a glove and massage your skin to increase circulation.

      - While massaging your body with body oil, add coconut and
      almond oil. Daily massage with Olive oil, flaxseed oil, cod
      liver oil or vitamin E oil after shower or before sleeping is
      an excellent home remedy for either preventing or treating
      stretch marks.

      - To avoid stretch marks around breasts, wear a supportive
      maternity bra.

      - To make stretch mark cream, mix 1/2 cup cocoa butter, 1 tsp
      wheat germ oil, 1 tsp apricot kernel oil, vitamin E oil and 2
      tsp grated beeswax. Heat the mixture until cocoa butter and
      beeswax melt, stir well and store in air tight conditioner.

      About The Author: Sharon Hopkins manages natural skin care
      websites such as http://www.skin-care-at-home.com that provides
      useful skin care and skin nutrition tips. Find information on
      stretch marks and ways to treat or prevent them.
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