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What is the best way to prevent stretch marks in pregnancy?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Normal weight gain: For some women, stretch marks are inevitable, simply due to their heredity, tissue health, nutrition, and other factors. But, in my experience, the most common cause for stretch marks relates back to the pregnancy course -- and excessive weight gain. So, for many women, preventing stretch marks may be a difficult, but identifiable, project...Maintain normal weight gains during pregnancy.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Not much to do: There really is not anything you can do. The tendency to develop stretch marks is genetic. Don't waste your money on creams, etc.
Dr. Kathryn Mercer
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Genetics: Unfortunately our tendency to stretch marks is just bad luck. Stretch marks occur from rapid expansion of the skin and literally tearing of the collagen structure. Some people have more resistant tissue than others and will get more stretch marks. Topical salves and creams won't help. What helps is managing your weight gain, so exercise and eat healthy foods in reasonable quantities.
Dr. Caren Reaves
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Not much helps: Unfortunately, stretch marks are more a result of genetics than anything. There's nothing available that prevents stretch marks but keeping the skin moisturized will keep the skin from itching.

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What's the best thing to use to prevent stretch marks during your pregnancy?

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Cocao Butter: Utilize cocoa butter to avoid stretch marks. Applying cocoa butter will let the stretch marks become paler if already there
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How can I prevent stretch marks in pregnancy?

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Moisturize: Stretch marks are genetic, there is little you can do to prevent them if that is the skin type that you have. Some lucky women never get stretch marks. Keeping your belly moisturized 2-3 times a day can help to minimize their appearance.

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