First, the good news: stretch marks are a totally normal part of pregnancy, in fact nine out of ten women get them. They really are exactly how they sound – your skin stretches to accommodate your growing baby inside, giving you pink or silvery lines on your skin. They’re likely to appear on your tummy, hips, boobs and thighs. Your hormone levels can also lead to a thinning of the skin which contributes to their appearance. We think stretch marks are amazing – after all, they show you’re growing a human being! But we appreciate that not everyone likes them, so here are our top tips on preventing them: Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!
Start using a body oil as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. Our Super Stretchy Miracle Oil (£15.99) is a unique blend of luxurious oils help to firm, moisturise and nourish – helping to put the elasticity and ping back into your skin! Layer that oil with a cream for extra benefit. Apply our Soft & Creamy Body Smoother immediately after Miracle Oil, it’ll seal in the moisture and leave you with the silkiest skin ever! Massage all over your body. Massaging your skin may help encourage new tissue growth – concentrate on your boobs, tummy, hips, thighs and bottom. Eat your way to healthy skin. Good nutrition is vital for healthy skin in pregnancy, so eat lots of oily fish (containing omegas 3 and 6) and antioxidants, like vitamins A, C, and E, which play a part in maintaining healthy skin from the inside out. Don’t worry – stretch marks will fade after you’ve given birth.
Most women find that by the time their baby is six to eight months old, their stretch marks are silvery lines and hard to see. Most of all, though, learn to love your stretch marks! The #LoveYourLines movement sees women sharing photos of their stretch marks on Instagram – you don’t have to go that far, but try to see them as a part of your amazing journey into motherhood. Read our guide to giving dry skin the brush off.