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Old 02-05-2003, 06:49 PM   #1
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Stretch Marks

Hey! I'm 11 weeks preg...due in late august with baby #1.
I'm not showing very much at all right now, but I want to prevent stretch marks as much as possible. I've heard that exercising helps reduce stretch marks. Has anyone else heard this? What kind of exercise works the best?? I'd love to hear any other ideas too!

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Old 02-06-2003, 08:29 AM   #2
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Re: Stretch Marks

Hi there and welcome!! You should join our July/August club when we have a thread started. As for stretch marks I have heard that cocoa butter lotion is good to apply and there is a certain brand with a pg woman on the box too.

By the way you aren't supposed to post your e-mail address on here so you better edit your message and take it off, o.k.

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Old 02-06-2003, 08:32 AM   #3
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Re: Stretch Marks

Not sure why exercise would help with stretch marks ..

But staying hydrated inside and out will help keep your skin elastic. So, drink lots of fluids and use lots of lotion. I, personally, do not like cocoa butter lotion because it makes you smell like chocolate all day and that turns my stomach. The properties that make it good for stretch marks, I think, are that its a very thick lotion. There's another lotion on the market called UdderCream thats thick as well. Vitamin E is supposed to be really good for your skin as well, so you might look for lotions containing that.

Old 02-06-2003, 09:45 AM   #4
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Re: Stretch Marks

I REALLY, REALLY hate to tell you this, but there is NOTHING you can do to avoid stretch marks if you are going to get them. Some people (such as myself) have skin that is more prone to getting them and there is nothing you can do to avoid them if you have skin like that. I knew I was going to get them because I got them really bad when I developed breasts in my early teens, and every so often if I put on a pound or two here or there. Hopefully you do not have the type of skin that I do, because I know people who did not get them at all, but most people at least get a few. One thing, though--the more weight you put on during pregnancy, the more likely you are to get stretch marks no matter what your skin type. Of course you should expect to put on a normal amount of weight (25-40 pounds by most doctor's recommendations) but of course if you gain 100 pounds, you will probably get stretch marks somewhere. Good luck!

Old 02-06-2003, 09:51 AM   #5
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Re: Stretch Marks

I am with greenberry on this one. I saw on one of those pregnancy shows that there is nothing you can do to prevent stretchmarks. Sad, I know. I have heard about coco butter but that product unfortunately is something that doesn't help.

Old 02-06-2003, 11:00 AM   #6
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Re: Stretch Marks

I have been using coca butter, but unfortunately I already had a few stretch marks when I started. I don't think it will prevent them but it definitely helps with the itchy skin that goes along with the stretching. I found a good product at the Body Shop. Its coca buter in a roll on stick form.

Good Luck

Old 02-06-2003, 11:10 AM   #7
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Re: Stretch Marks

My stomach looks like Freddy Kruger got ahold of it!! It's been 10 years since I had my first child and I can still see them! They were bright purple/red and then faded to a silver/white but they are deep and obvious to the touch! I tried everything under the sun and nothing worked! I even tried something else after pg that was supposed to work, but it just stung! I give up...if you find a cure or prevention, let me know. Until then, I think it's a matter of skin type and heredity. Good luck! -J

Old 02-06-2003, 01:24 PM   #8
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Re: Stretch Marks


My doctor suggested cutting down on salt intake. He told me that eating salt is a pregnant woman's worst enemy for many reasons. He might have been trying to scare me, because he knows I love the salt!


Old 02-06-2003, 07:02 PM   #9
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Re: Stretch Marks

Well, the more salt you eat, the more bloated you get, the more your skin will have to stretch to accomodate the bloat, the more likely you are to get stretch marks.

The marks are caused by rapid weight gain. Your skin has to stretch to accomodate it.

If nothing else, keeping hydrated will make it less likely that your skin will be saggy after birth.

Old 02-06-2003, 07:15 PM   #10
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Re: Stretch Marks

OH, i am 31 weeks and my stretch marks are EVERY-WHERE already !!. and they are horrible. NO way ... nothing i can do. i have been applying coca butter ... and limit my amount of salt ... and everything i can possibly do... but Nope... not even helping.
There are products where they sell on ads where can elminate stretch marks... i am not sure. has anyone used them and one actually helpped ?

Old 02-06-2003, 08:44 PM   #11
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Re: Stretch Marks

Ahh! So there is just not too much if anything that I can do!! Kind of disappointing! I will cut down on salt asap...doesn't sodium do the same thing as salt? I don't know where I got that from, I guess I'll look it up online. I just LOVE pickles since I've been pregnant, and they are full of sodium!
Thanks ladies!


Old 02-06-2003, 09:43 PM   #12
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Greenberry is right. There isnt much you can do to avoid them if your skinis prone to them. My MIL drove me nuts with my first pregnancy. She swore by cocoa butter lotion even sent me several bottles of it. I Have always used lotion anyway due to sensitive skin that gets dry very easily. Well I still got stretch marks like crazy. MIL had the nerve then to tell me I wasnt using it enough. She said she never got one stretch mark with her two pregnancies and she used cocoa butter several times a day. I then told her it is just something that happens with the women in my family.
You can talk to your mother or other women in your family and see what you maybe in store for.

Old 02-06-2003, 11:24 PM   #13
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I agree with greenberry too.I didn't show stretch marks until I had my son.I remembered the nurses commenting on it,but I saw after.I didn't get any on my stomach like around belly button and up like some women do,but on my love handles.I still don't have any on my boobs.KNOCK ON WOOD!And none on my legs.I have seen some people with alot of stretch marks.All I know is if you gain alot you will get them.If you lose alot of weight drastically,you can get them too.Mine are white now,but when I tan they seem to fade so you can't see them.Who knows?But stretch marks are a way of life for us women that bear children.So if your hubby complains of stretch marks,remind him of what you've gone through!!!LOL

Old 02-07-2003, 02:03 PM   #14
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Re: Stretch Marks

I too have a huge problem with stretch marks. Although I have gained quite a bit of weight (60lbs), and I am only 33 weeks. I don't eat salt (add any extra to any food) and I have put cream everywhere for the last 7 months, I just gave up because I have stetch marks everywhere!!
I agree with the others, if you got stetch marks from "growing up" in your teen years, you will more than likley end up with them during pregnancy!!
My mother also suffered this affliction and ended up with a "Freddie Cruger" belly <IMG SRC="">

As Buised said:
"But stretch marks are a way of life for us women that bear children"
Not much we can do.

Take Care All,
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Old 02-07-2003, 02:51 PM   #15
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Re: Stretch Marks

I gained ALOT of weight with all 3 of my daughters. Its been 12 years since my last child and I have quite a few marks left but they have faded alot. I used Vitamin E on mine because of the surgeries I have had I used it to fade the scar I have from my navel to my pubic line from a hysterectomy in May 2002. I think it works a bit but I also thing nothing can totally get rid of stretch marks hope someone invents something someday haha. Have a great day Ladies.

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