5 tips for preventing stretch marks

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Your body is going to undergo some pretty serious changes over the next 6 or 7 months, all in the name of baby’s health and development. But while some of these changes are necessary, like gaining weight, many of its effects, like stretch marks, aren’t. Check out our top 5 tips for preventing stretch marks!

  1. Stretching and exercise
    Stretching and exercise have a number of health benefits during pregnancy, like reducing the risk of pregnancy complications, but they can also help you prevent stretch marks. Exercise and stretching both help your skin stay elastic by improving circulation, which could help reduce the strain on your skin. Stretching and exercise also helps support a healthy, balanced weight gain, which can also help prevent stretch marks.
  2. Proper hydration
    Water is like your body’s duct tape – it’s got a million uses, and more! Water helps to detoxify the body and hydrate your skin cells to keep them healthy and more resilient to the stress that your growing body is putting them under. Drinking 64 ounces of water a day (about 8 glasses) should keep your cells well-hydrated enough to aid in the fight against stretch marks.
  3. Stretch mark massage oils
    Nutrient-rich Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil provides intensive hydration, nourishing and smoothing stretching skin as your baby grows.

    A base of sweet almond oil works gently, delivering moisturizing essential fatty acids that keep your skin supple and protected from drying. Because pregnancy is a big job for your muscles and skin, organic arnica flower extract helps ease tightness and provides a layer of comforting warmth. Stretch Mark Massage Oil also contains wheat germ oil that has a high quantity of vitamin E, which helps improve skin elasticity. Regular use of this stretch mark massage oil, from the beginning of pregnancy through three months afterwards, will visibly help correct the appearance of stretch marks on your tummy, thighs, bottom and breasts, and helps prevent the appearance of new ones.

  4. Skin-boosting diet
    A healthy diet is critical to a healthy pregnancy, and as luck would have it, many nutrients that you need for your baby’s growth and development are also helpful for skin! Foods containing gelatin and antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E are all known to nourish your skin and support healing, which won’t just help you manage stretch marks, but prevent them altogether.
  5. Gradual weight gain
    Weight gain is the primary cause of stretch marks, but gaining weight is pretty unavoidable for a healthy pregnancy – the key is how you gain the weight. A gradual, balanced weight gain will help support baby properly without putting your skin under an undue amount of stress, which might happen when you gain weight too quickly. Tracking your weight is a great way to help you know how your gains are progressing.

Stretch marks are a common symptom of pregnancy, but there are steps you can take to prevent them. Tap the button below to find out more about Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil, and use the promo code “Ovia20” for 20% off of your purchase!

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