How can I prevent stretch marks during pregnancy?
Is there anything I can do to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy?
Submitted by Team

Unfortunately, not really. Whether or not you'll get stretch marks (or how bad they'll be) is mostly hereditary -- so if your mom or grandma had them, chances are you will too. More than half of all pregnant women develop these pinkish streaks around their stomachs, breasts, or hips.

Stretch marks occur when collagen and elastin (the fibers that keep your skin taut) stretch and snap as your skin expands during pregnancy. Gaining a healthy amount of pregnancy weight (25 to 35 pounds for normal-weight women) may help keep stretch marks to a minimum, since this prevents your skin from overstretching. But because this stretching happens in the underlying layers of your skin, the topical lotions and creams that promise to erase stretch marks don't really make a difference.

The one thing you can do is conceal them with self-tanner, since stretch marks are much more visible on pale skin. And keeping your skin well-moisturized with cocoa butter or other lotions can help with the itching that tends to accompany stretch marks.

After delivery, stretch marks usually fade to a light, silvery hue, and may be hardly noticeable over time. But if you're still unhappy with the way they look, a dermatologist might be able to help. Prescription Retin-A or Renova creams, as well as certain laser treatments, have been found to minimize the appearance of some stretch marks. These are most effective when the marks are new, so if you're interested, talk to a dermatologist after your baby arrives.

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Community Answers (10)

I didn't have many stretch marks but the ones I had were quite dark and obvious so at first I used DermalMD Stretch Mark Cream and then someone recommended Bio-oil which was amazing- compared to a few months ago they're almost unnoticable
Submitted by charlottelidell

After having two kids my stomach is full of stretch marks. I don't like taking my shirt of in front of any one not even my husband because I hate the way my stomach looks. I have only been using DermalMD Stretch Mark serum for a few days but I can already tell that my stretch marks have been fading a bit. I love the way my stomach is starting to look I can wait to see how it is goin to be in a few weeks.
Submitted by gabrielwingates

I have a cute belly but with full of stretch marks. I feel disappointed for not able to find the ways to remove or reduce my stretch marks. I tried lot of exercises to reduce my stretch marks, but itís not worked. One day I read some articles and comments in my laptop regarding Dermelastic. Initially I worried about this Dermelastic for few days. But after some weeks seems like a miracle, I can feel my stretch marks instantly fading. Feeling excited!!!
Submitted by lilykylie1988g

Try to use DermalMD Stretch Mark Cream my pregnancy and I have to say it worked great! No new stretch marks! I love the scent and it's super moisturizing. My son is now 5 weeks old and I'm still using it in hopes of fading some of my old stretch marks.
Submitted by paulajohnson795

Save your money!! I used to use Lady Soma's Stretch Mark Treatment - its $34. . .It was OK, but instead I started using Lady Soma's Skin & Nail Treatment and it worked so much better on both my stomach and thigh marks! And its 1/3 the price! Only $16, and it lasts a long time. Save your money. They prob raised the price of the Stretch Mark Treatment, but get the Lady Soma Skin & Nail Treatment and use it on your stretch marks - it works BETTER and you save money. . .
Submitted by vivianwestwood555

I am a woman with brown pigment and I have never seen pinkish marks on any of the women in my family even though we do get a couple of stretch marks as a rule but not many more. We live by slathering up in virgin olive oil and wearing garments that assist with the new found weight of pregnancy (such as bras that support your breast even while sleep & strong elastic pants under your clothes daily which has really provided needed support so that your muscles and skin don't bare the weight alone.)
Submitted by dlktabo1

Actually there is a way you can help (maybe not prevent completely) but minimize the damaging affects of stretch marks BEFORE you even get them. Here is what to do: During the first trimester before you get stretch marks, in the morning and evening (at least twice a day) rub the areas most vulnerable to being stretched with olive oil (or you can buy a product called Bio-Oil which is also really great). Don't have to rub a great amount. It helps with the itchness and a great moisturizer!
Submitted by hamza.7

This is my second pregnancy and yet there are no stretch marks in my belly. I am using maternity cocoa cream and lotion almost daily after showering while my skin is still wet and I massage it in circles. If I knew that cocoa butter has this magic I would've used it to prevent stretch marks in my hips and breasts during puberty.
Submitted by exoticrhyme1

I don't know if this is a sure shot way, but I have used a maternity belt to assist w/back pain and hold up my belly as well as used Mother friend oil to keep it from drying out, this is my second preganancy I am close to 31 weeks and no stretch marks, I have gained at least 30 pounds for this and close to 40 for my first, so hopefully this will work for you.
Submitted by firehnybee