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Why Stretch Marks From Pregnancy Are Not The End Of The World

Aug 17, 2007
Pregnancy leads to a beautiful ending: a tiny, cuddly, soft bundle whose wails sound like music upon entry into the world. A woman is never the same once she has a baby, literally. Her life will change, and her body will never regain its pre pregnancy form in every realm. Many women agonize over this reality, especially the silver streaks that cross their abdomens and forever label them as moms: thanks, stretch marks.

Though the majority of women never regret having a child, they regret what carrying that child has done to their bodies: permanently marring them with reddish streaks in what may have once been attractive places. Though we can't wave a magic wand and wish our marks away, we can minimize their appearance.

Stretch marks are not indicative of pregnancy. They indicate pulled or stretched skin. Just about anyone can get stretch marks, depending on their circumstances. Overweight individuals and pregnant mothers alike experience these lovely lines. Even teens experiencing growth spurts will find themselves with stretch marks. Depending on the severity of the stretching, on how far the skin was pulled, more than one layer of skin can sustain damage. Thus the final appearance of the reformed skin depends on the initial damage. Many post pregnant women aim to fade these marks into oblivion once their skin has returned to its normal size and the marks have become more noticeable.

Women approach the battle against stretch marks from a couple of different fronts. Some will purchase creams and lotions claiming to combat these unsightly effects. Most of these products claim that through regular use, their moisture filled products will fade the marks and make them nearly unnoticeable.

Upon developing, stretch marks have a pinkish to reddish hue. People first spot them at this point. Women with these marks should take note that they will fade over time, even without the use of cream, and thus one should consider the cost of treatment over the effects it will actually produce.

Inexpensive treatments exist as well, with cocoa butter topping the list. Many have found success with this department store find. Applying the cream twice a day will help the marks fade. The cocoa butter's added moisture helps the skin heal itself. Pregnant women will also want to consider this cheap and safe product, as moisturizing their skin during pregnancy will help reduce the number of stretch marks. Preventative measures like cocoa butter will ease the effects of the marks later on.

Overall, though they might find them unsightly, stretch marks often mark the glory of a woman: the fact that she can and did carry a baby. And in the striving to get rid of them, women might want to glance over that bottle of lotion at the beautiful creature that caused them in the first place, thus determining that they're not such a bad thing after all.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as Stretch Mark Cream at http://www.removestretchmarksplus.com
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