Pregnancy experience is not the same to all women. It’s different. Pregnancy is exciting as well as challenging to a woman’s life. However, one of the most common skin ailments which happen to most women after pregnancy is stretch marks. At the maternity and children stores, you will find a range of anti-stretch marks creams, which in most of the cases are very costly. There is good news though, you can get rid of pregnancy stretch marks, without using synthetic and chemical filled products, which may have possible side effects. You can be free of those ugly stretch marks with natural methods using home remedies given below.
You can apply coconut oil on the tummy, stay hydrated and take proper nutrition during pregnancy to reduce or avoid stretch marks. You can also use aloe vera or make homemade stretchmarks cream on the stretch marks.
1. Coconut oil
The very first thing you need to remember is, you need to take care of your skin from the early days of pregnancy. You should apply coconut oil or olive oil or almond oil on your tummy while pregnant, or use a moisturizer with natural ingredients. Keep in mind that you need to keep your tummy skin supple so that your skin doesn’t itch and you don’t feel the pull in the skin. Plus, moist skin is less likely to have stretch marks. It would be best if you avoid itching your belly while you are pregnant. Itching causes more stretch marks. So better not itch!
2. Stay Hydrated
Drinking lots of water and fluids during pregnancy is essential. It makes your body hydrated and reduces itching sensation in the skin. Drink a minimum of eight glasses of water daily. It helps in the production of collagen & elastin in your skin, resulting in less chance of getting stretch marks or minimizing the appearance of stretch marks.
3. Nutritional Diet
It would help if you ate a healthy diet during pregnancy among many other benefits, it is also beneficial in the prevention of the stretch marks. Vitamins A, C, and E and mineral Zinc is essential for the skin. Have fruits, green leafy vegetables, nuts like almonds, beans. You can also consult your doctors for supplements containing these nutrients.
Avoid Hormone therapies like oral contraceptives as their hormone content can deplete the body from essential nutrients like Vitamins A, C, and E and mineral Zinc.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is one of the most popular miraculous plants. Among many beneficial properties, It also has skin moisturizing and healing properties. You can apply fresh aloe vera gel on the pregnancy stretch marks daily after shower, to gain full benefits from it.
5. Homemade Stretch Marks Cream
You can also make your own homemade and natural stretch mark cream. Follow the instructions given below to create your stretch marks cream.
Instructions to make stretch marks cream at your home :
- Add half a cup of cocoa butter
- Add one tablespoon of wheat germ oil
- Add one tablespoon of apricot kernel
- Add two teaspoon grated beeswax
- Add one teaspoon vitamin E oil
- Heat all the content till the beeswax melts and everything gets mixed.
- Then cool and keep it in air tight container in refrigerator.
Apply this on your stretch marks, like any regular cream
With the home remedies for stretch marks, you will not have to pay a hefty sum on products which are not even guaranteeing about curing stretch marks and may have side effects. Nurturing your skin with the given home remedies will lessen the impact of the stretch marks, if not ultimately make them go away.
Weight gain after pregnancy is also very common. There are diet tips and exercises that you can follow for weight-loss after pregnancy.