The rapid growth of the skin caused stretch marks. The stretch marks during pregnancy are discussed in detail in this blog. This sudden change causes the collagen and elastin in the skin layers to rupture. It’s a technique that heals stretch marks.
Stretch marks can be red, purple, pink, reddish-brown, dark brown, and itchy, depending on your skin tone. Stretch marks during pregnancy
Causes of pregnancy stretch marks
During pregnancy, the skin adapts to continuous movement by expanding and contracting. As the body expands faster, the skin has insufficient time to adjust. As a result, the skin develops a scar known as a stretch mark.
Stretch marks can also be a result of hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. The increased level of hormones tends to attract more water to the skin.
This loosens the bonds between collagen fibers (protein present under the skin). Thus making it easier for the skin to tear and resulting in the formation of stretch marks.
When and how do they form?
Stretch marks are formed in the third trimester of pregnancy. Some might get them as soon as their bellies start growing.
The color of the stretch marks depends on your skin tone. Lighter-skinned women tend to develop pinkish stretch marks. At the same time, darker-skinned women tend to develop stretch marks that are lighter than the surrounding skin.
Stages of stretch marks development during pregnancy
This is during the initial phase of the development of the stretch marks. Early stretch marks typically develop in the color pink and can itch. The skin immediately to the stretch marks may look flattened and thin.
After this stage, the larvae develop immediately into stretch marks. Stretch marks gradually increase in length and width. The color usually progresses to red or purple.
After stage 2, the mature stretch marks lose their reddish-pink color. Later in pregnancy (postpartum), the stretch begins to fade and turn pale white, or silver. These also appear slightly depressed and irregular in shape or length.
Where do stretch marks form?
Generally, most women develop stretch marks on their abdomens during pregnancy. However, getting them on the thighs, buttocks, breasts, hips, and lower back is very common. Stretch marks are usually in places where fat can be stored.
How to reduce stretch marks
One of the best ways to keep your skin supple and elastic throughout your pregnancy. Your skin should stay hydrated at all times.
How to keep your skin supple?
Collagen and elastin fibers help to keep your skin healthy. So eat foods rich in vitamins E, C, zinc, and silica, which help form collagen.
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that helps to protect your skin from damage. Drink plenty of water and take fluids to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.