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what can i do to treat pregnancy stretch marks?

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Dr. Gregory Buford
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
Two Types: Stretch marks can be divided into two groups: red and white. The red stretch marks appear first and can be converted to the less noticeable white stretch marks with various laser treatments (designed to reduce the red appearance). The white stretch marks are, unfortunately, very difficult to treat. Individual practitioners have reported varying results with topical lasers, retin-a, and other anti.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Do stretch marks typically get worse in pregnancy?

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Dr. Aileen Caceres
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Women may experience an increase in stretch marks during pregnancy as a result of your growing baby causing a stretching in your skin.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of getting stretch marks in pregnancy?

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Dr. Collette Dominic
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
50 %: There seems to be a genetic component so look at your mother or other women in your family. You can decrease your chances by keeping your skin well moisturized. If your skin is itchy, then you may need to apply more lotion or oil.
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A 22-year-old member asked:

Will my stretch marks from being pregnant really ever fade? Will I ever have abs again?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder answered
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Abs yes/Marks maybe: If one looks closely, stretch marks may be barely visible after delivery. Development of abdominal muscles through exercise is possible for most women after doctor approves it. The exception to both is the case of women having large uterus from multiple gestation. The muscles can pull apart, requiring surgery to bring them back to the midline of the abdomen.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What will reduce my chance of getting stretch marks during pregnancy?

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Dr. Ron Eaker
Dr. Ron Eaker answered
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Possible: There are a number of factors that influence stretch marks. Some may be the amount of weight you gain, the natural state of your skin (dry versus oily) and genetic factors. Try to keep the skin lubricated, eat healthy, take your vitamins, and watch your weight gain.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Does pregnancy cause stretch marks?

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Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
It can: Because your skin undergoes rapid changes during pregnancy, stretch marks may result. Fibers right below the skin may actually tear, creating streaks of indented and discolored skin. The marks are most often noticed on bellies and breasts.

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