Learn How to Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

Tip #2: Water Is Your Best Friend

Make water your best friend when you are looking to understand how to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. You need to drink plenty of water – at least 8 glasses a day and more if you exercise or if the weather is hot. Drinks such as fruit juice and the occasional tea or coffee (you want to reduce the caffeine) are counted in the total. If you are not drinking enough water then your skin will become dry and it will not have the elasticity that it needs to handle the stretching during pregnancy. And of course drinking plenty of water is also necessary to keep your growing baby healthy.

Tip #3: Pamper your skin

Moisturizing your skin and protecting it from the sun is very important for maintaining its elasticity and suppleness. Choose a moisturizer that has a sun protection factor of at least 15 (SPF15+) and check with your pharmacy for moisturizing creams that are pregnancy safe. While most commonly used products are completely safe, some creams contain ingredients that doctors recommend you avoid such as “retinoids”, commonly used in anti-aging creams.

As with any cream or lotion there are many creams that may be suitable for you but it’s important to test them on a small part of your skin as not all moisturizers suit everyone. The best way to apply moisturizing cream is to gently rub it onto your body in a circular motion, this helps to bring blood flow to the surface of the skin which is important for healthy skin.

These three healthy pregnancy tips should help you understand how to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy or at least make them less noticeable if they do appear. So stay healthy and enjoy your pregnancy.

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