Laser surgery has proven to be the most successful treatment for stretch marks, but not everyone is prepared to spend hundreds of dollars on stretch mark removal. Many natural remedies have shown to help lessen the appearance of stretch marks, both as preventative measures and as treatments.
The best method of naturally preventing stretch marks is eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water. Doctors recommend that you gain no more than 35 pounds while pregnant (25 to 35 pounds for slim women and 11 to 25 pounds for heavier woman). Stretch marks are caused by the rapid stretching of skin during pregnancy. When you eat more and gain more weight, your skin is required to stretch more, resulting in more stretch marks. Talk with your doctor about what will be the healthiest diet for your pregnancy and don’t use eating for two as an excuse to overeat.
Water is essential for keeping your skin hydrated and healthy. When your skin is well hydrated, it is able to stretch more without breaking and is better able to heal any small breakages that do occur. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water every day while pregnant.
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