How to Avoid Stretch Marks During Pregnancy Home Remedies

Most of the people get stretch marks for different reasons in different situations in their life.   Stretch marks happen when the skin changes its shape quickly because the weight gains. The stretch mark is not a sign for any health problem. Women usually get stretch marks in their puberty and pregnancy period.  They get the stretch mark appearing as the thin purple or red line on their skin which takes an unusual texture when compared to the surrounding layer of the skin. Sometimes, they may get stretch marks which fade and appear almost translucent coloring.

How to Avoid Stretch Marks During Pregnancy Home Remedies

Stretch marks during pregnancy

As a pregnant woman, you have to concentrate on how to avoid possibilities of the stretch mark at first. You can follow the best and safe home remedies to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy. Besides, you have to keep up-to-date with the best stretch mark cream for pregnancy and make certain about how to properly use this cream. You can spend enough time and research home remedies and products to avoid and heal stretch marks during and after pregnancy. You will clarify your doubts and use the best approach to get rid of stretch marks.

Stretch marks develop in almost every pregnancy from the sixth or seventh month. Pregnant women get stretch marks around their hip, breasts and stomach as the elastin and collagen stretch and snap after an increased pressure of the rapid weight gain. They can avoid stretch marks when such marks appear at first. If they leave the scars to fade white, then they cannot easily treat their stretch marks.

Genetics is one of the main factors behind the stretch marks problem during pregnancy period. Though there is no exact method to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy, you can follow some home remedies and reduce the possibilities of such stretch marks.  This is advisable to focus on the following details explaining the home remedies known by their nature to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.

Things to do in the first trimester

Women who have ensured the positive result of their pregnancy test can start moisturizing their belly, breasts, lower back, hips and other areas where stretch marks usually develop during the pregnancy. The first-class moisturizer helps every woman to maintain the elasticity of their skin and makes the skin less likely to tear when the body begins expanding. This is advisable to buy and use the stretch mark cream for pregnancy hereafter. You can slather on this cream which provides lasting hydration. You have to do everything to prevent your skin from overstretching.

The main elements in the cream for preventing the stretch marks during the pregnancy are Vitamin E, shea butter and coconut oil. Women who use the skin-nourishing oil to their warm bath in their first trimester can reduce the chances of stretch marks during pregnancy.  They must gradually gain weight devoid of putting more than what their doctor suggests. They have to check their weight on a regular basis and make certain that they gradually gain weight. Therefore, they can keep the stretch marks to a minimum when they gain 25 to 35 pounds when they have normal weight.

Stay hydrated

Women must stay hydrated during the pregnancy period. This is because drinking enough water is very helpful to keep the skin soft and hydrated. If you stay hydrated during the pregnancy, then you can prevent stretch marks. You must also avoid drinking caffeinated beverages such as coffee soon after you have decided to quit possibilities of stretch marks. This is because such beverages increase the possibilities of the development of the stretch marks. You may unable to keep away from your favourite caffeinated beverage. You can drink such beverage, but balance out the fluid intake with other caffeine-free fluids like herbal tea and water.

Follow a healthy diet

Women have to stay healthy all through the pregnancy period to enhance the overall physique and mind development of their baby. They can eat a nutrient-rich diet and prevent stretch marks. They can also use the stretch mark cream for pregnancy and throw out possibilities of the development of stretch marks.

If their diet plan lacks in the nutrition in some areas, then they are prone to the development of stretch marks. They have to prefer and consume healthy foods known by their nature to boost the skin health. Futher, they can get loads of benefits when they follow the diet plan rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Zinc and Protein. They have to choose and include the unprocessed foods in different colors in their usual diet to get all essential nutrients. They can prefer the whole wheat toast, eggs, mixed berries and other colorful foods in every meal.

Properly treat fresh stretch marks soon after they appear

Some women are unable to entirely prevent stretch marks on their skin. Therefore, they have to enhance their efforts to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. They can make use of the stretch mark cream for pregnancy based on guidelines from the dermatologist or family doctor. They have to follow the instructions to deal with the fresh stretch marks. If they gain weight too quickly and have a family history of stretch marks, then they have to prevent themselves from the development of stretch marks.

Healthcare professionals specialized in the effective methods to prevent stretch marks during the pregnancy these days recommend foods rich in zinc. This is because Zinc-rich foods like fish and nuts in the regular diet keep the skin healthy. Zinc is very helpful to enhance the skin in different aspects and reducing the inflammation. There is a relation between the incidence of stretch marks and the low level of Vitamin D.

Pregnant women have to maintain the healthy level of Vitamin D for reducing the possibilities of stretch marks. They can get this Vitamin through exposure to the Sun. Besides, they can also consume foods like cereal, bread and dairy products like yogurt to get enough Vitamin D. They require foods rich in Vitamin C responsible for the collagen development. This is because the collagen keeps the skin elastic and strong. They can consume foods rich in Vitamin C like lemons, oranges and other citrus fruits.

Sickness Blues

Posted October 26th, 2010 in Naturopathy, cold and flu, home remedies, homeopathy by Hannah Yang

I am a really really bad sick person.  I know that most of the time, we women have the pleasure of condescending to our male counterparts when it comes to being able to ‘’suck it up and take it’’ when inflicted with some sort of flu or cold virus.  We place cool caring hands on hot feverish foreheads and make chicken soup from scratch and bring our (lame) boyfriends/partners juice and rent DVD’s when they are feeling sick while inwardly rolling our eyes at the male body’s absolute inability to deal with even the smallest of sniffles without looking for someone to mother them.  Oh…shove a tit in it! I want to say at times when a large, hairy, mouth-breathing, congested crybaby asks for a belly rub.  And then….I hate to admit it, but shamefully, I join the ranks of these young soldiers in the sickness trenches.  I am a freaking whiny baby when I have a cold too.

Everything just seems Wrong in the world when your body is too weak to perform simple tasks without having it scream out against you, like eating, or going to the toilet.  The imbalance that one feels – like when one nostril is completely blocked and the other one is so clear that every inhalation feels like knives whizzing past your sinuses?  I am in awe of my friends who are able to go to work with a runny nose and a rattling chesty cough and a mild fever.  Why?  Why put yourself through that sort of torture?  Why Be A Hero?

Being a Naturopath, I feel I have a bit more leeway with my sick days and how easily I can cave when it comes to cancelling patients and staying home.  I cancelled my patients yesterday a) to avoid leaving the house and the warm confines of my husband’s track pants and b) because it’s just intelligent PR.  Who wants to see a dripping, nasally, sneezy, wheezy naturopath?  It’s like signing up with a fat fitness trainer.

I feel that in our society, one is made far too guilty for calling in sick.  I know that sometimes in life you just do not have the luxury of being able to lie in bed all day, not with deadlines and projects and bills to pay – I get it.  But sometimes that one day you spend in bed with a pot of herbal tea and the latest season of Mad Men will bring your healing time from a dragged out miserable (and not so productive) 2 weeks down to a 4-day recovery slot.  Sometimes it IS just worth it to do yourself a favour.

But how about those times where you cannot afford to miss work?  Well, make sure you have these things in your medicine cupboard at all times – powdered Vitamin C (Metagenics Ultra Potency-C Powder – 1000mg per quarter teaspoon – it’s potent stuff), a good quality Zinc (Biocare – 30 mg capsules), a good probiotic (BioKult – www.bio-kult.com) and tons of raw ginger, good honey (manuka if you can afford it) and lemon (organic, preferably).  What do you do with all of this?  At the ONSET of the sniffles, take about 4000mg of vitamin C – this potent antioxidant will help boost your immunity and clear out any toxins.  Then every hour, take another 1000mg until you start getting the farts (oh beware these farts – they WILL clear a room) or loose stools.  Then you stop.  Throughout the day make a HUGE pot of Lemon/Ginger/Honey infusion and drink as much as you want.  Lemon supports your liver to flush out the toxins, ginger is good for your lungs and is warming and honey (especially Manuka) is nature’s antibiotic and will help fight off whatever has invaded your body and made you feel like a heaping pile of steamy poo.  Keep hydrated, so drink lots of water too.  Take 2 capsules of the probiotics at every meal to help your immunity as 80% of your immune system is along your gut and without probiotics, no immunity.  Before you go to bed, take 60 mg of Zinc – another immune booster and cell-healer.  In the morning, you should feel about 60% – 100% better (depending on how early you started this regime) – enough to be able to make it through a day of work.  If you catch it early enough, botanical treatments such as Echinacea purpura or Red Korean Ginseng can give your immune system the boost it needs to fight it off before it turns you into a zombie.  Aconite 30CH homeopathically can also help – but only if caught at the Very Beginning – like when you start feeling like you’re About to turn into a blood-sucking zombie.

In the meantime, learn to listen to your body before it breaks down on you.  If you’re getting sick more than twice a year, or if it’s taking you more than a week to get over something, it’s probably high time that you change something in your life to support your immune system.  You can start by going to see your friendly neighbourhood Naturopath.