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How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks During or After Pregnancy


Updated July 02, 2014

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What Are Stretch Marks?
Pregnant with stretch marks
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Explaining what stretch marks are and how to get rid of stretch marks is something I spend a lot of my time chatting with mothers about before, during and after pregnancy. I believe that knowing a bit about stretch marks can help you understand what's going on and how to get rid of stretch marks or drastically reduce how they appear.

A stretch mark is actually where the elastin and collagen fibers tear from stretching during periods of hormonal changes, it is a scar.

There are a couple of places that stretch marks are more likely to creep up:

  • abdomen
  • breasts
  • thighs
  • arms

You can get stretch marks any time you experience a change in weight or during a period of growth. The most frequent times to see stretch marks include:

  • during puberty
  • when you are pregnant
  • during periods of significant weight gain

You probably knew about the pregnancy part of stretch marks. But you may have been blessed with skipping them during puberty. Or you may have stretch marks and have never really noticed them before. You may also have never had a period of large or rapid weight gain in your life.

If your worried about getting stretch marks during pregnancy, see these tips on preventing stretch marks.

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