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What causes stretch marks in pregnancy?

Stretch marks are very common and do not just affect pregnant women. They appear whenever the skin is stretched, for example during puberty or when gaining weight. Hormonal changes in pregnancy can affect your skin and make you more likely to get stretch marks. While the skin adapts to continuous movement by expanding and contracting, during these periods the skin has insufficient time to adjust. As the body expands faster than the skin covering it, the skin tears. The resulting scar that forms from this tear is what we know as a stretch mark.

Stretch marks are caused by changes in the elastic supportive tissue that lies just under the skin. The skin on your belly and breasts may become streaked with reddish brown, purple, or dark brown marks, depending on your skin color. Some women also get them on their buttocks, thighs, and hips. Whether or not you get stretch marks depends on your skin type, as some people's skin is more elastic.

Do stretch marks from pregnancy go away?

After your baby is born, the marks may gradually fade into paler scars and become less noticeable. Unfortunately, they probably will not go away completely.

In which month of pregnancy stretch marks appear?

You'll most likely start to notice stretch marks on your stomach (and elsewhere) around the end of the second trimester into the beginning of the third trimester, when you're between 6 and 7 months pregnant. That said, they do sometimes appear sooner, as soon as your belly starts growing. Most lighter-skinned women tend to develop pinkish stretch marks, whereas darker-skinned women tend to have stretch marks that are lighter than the surrounding skin.

What can I do to reduce the appearance of stretch marks during pregnancy?

There are no proven remedies that keep stretch marks from appearing or that make them go away. Keeping your belly well moisturized as it grows may reduce itching. After your baby is born, some of these streaks may slowly fade in color. Some creams claim to remove stretch marks once they've appeared, but there is no reliable evidence that they work. There is also limited evidence about whether oils or creams help prevent stretch marks from appearing in the first place.

How do Belly Bandit maternity products help reduce stretch marks?

Our Silicone Skin Defense are reusable sheets that stick to your tummy (thighs, hips, tush or legs!) to reduce itching and dryness and powerfully protect your skin against the appearance of stretch marks. The ultra-thin sheets act as an oxygen permeable barrier that allows skin to breathe while preventing vital nutrients and moisture from evaporating. We also carry Breast Stretch Mark Therapy sheets that provide targeted hydration to help minimize the appearance of stretch marks and soothe itchy, dry skin without messy creams, oils, and lotions.

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