Stretch marks don’t have to come along with the addition of your new bundle of joy. There are actually a lot of preventative measures you can take that will greatly reduce your chances of getting them. In this article I will tell you how I was able to avoid getting stretch marks while pregnant. I think what you eat is going to have the biggest impact on whether or not you are going to get them, so lets take a look at that first!
Eat foods high in vitamin E
Vitamin E is great for the skin and is going to help keep its elasticity (can also help protect against ultraviolet light!). Cashew butter was one of my cravings when I was pregnant which has a good amount of vitamin E. Other foods high in vitamin E include,
- other nuts and seeds, especially almonds and sunflower seeds
- olives and olive oil
- spinach and asparagus
Eat foods high in omega-3’s
These amazing fats will help hydrate your skin from the inside out and keep it supple and glowing. These are also super important for your baby’s brain development as well!
- wild caught salmon, sardines and other fish
- cod liver oil or fish oil
- grass-fed beef
- flax seeds
Get some exercise
Exercise is important to get your blood circulating and will help get oxygen and nutrients into your skin cells. I liked doing prenatal yoga and walking. I don’t believe we should be doing high impact exercises or lifting very heavy things while we are pregnant though.
Don’t cleanse too much!
If you are using a harsh soap and stripping your body of all its oils you are going to be more likely to get stretch marks. Instead use a gentle soap and rub extra oil like this one I used on your belly and other areas that might be prone to stretch marks (like your hips or breasts).
Gelatin is like a wonder potion for skin! Read about the amazing health and beauty benefits of gelatin
And last but not least, stay hydrated and drink lots of water!
These are the top things I believe are important to do to avoid getting stretch marks while pregnant. This takes into account nutrition, exercise, and topical applications. I think this will greatly reduce your chances!
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