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Stretch marks

Stretch marks

When you think of all the astonishing changes a mum’s body goes through during and after pregnancy, it’s not surprising that there should be some lasting impact, and one of the commonest factors is stretch marks.

Between 75 and 90 per cent of women develop them, usually across the stomach, but also round the breasts, thighs and buttocks. They are caused by the rapid stretching of the skin that occurs during pregnancy, and take the form of little red or pink lines which seem to be under the actual surface of the skin. In fact, stretch marks can start to appear during the sixth month of pregnancy, and will last for several months afterwards. In some cases they never vanish completely, but for most women they do become less apparent over time. They are not painful, but the area can feel a little tender or even itchy after birth.

Traditionally, stretch marks were just a fact of any mum’s life, but there are plenty of treatments available now. To help prevent them forming in the first place, experts suggest massaging your baby bump with Vitamin E lotion or cocoa butter throughout pregnancy. Staying hydrated, having a healthy diet and taking recommended pre-natal vitamin supplements also help keep the skin supple.

Your likelihood of getting stretch marks is hereditary to some degree. If your own mum had them, you may too. The good news is that they do fade over time, and if you are really dedicated – and have the time! – muscle toning exercises can also help reduce their appearance.

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Hi, I'm 15 and have had stretch marks since I was in 6th grade. They wrap around my stomach and my sides, I have some under my arms, lots on my breasts, some on my inner thighs, and then a little bit on my back. They're all white colored, but seriously irritating. I am such an unconfident teenager because of them and don't know what to do.





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Im 14 and I have stretch marks on my lower back, buttocks, thighs, knees and upper thighs. I've read all over the internet it's either genetic(my mom has them) or puberty...But i need help. It's embarrassing and I feel really insecure about them especially when I wear skirts and shorts. Please help me an give me some advice.Thanks.





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I'm a 16 yr old girl. I used to wear bikinis when I was in sixth grade but when I started to get stretch marks, I couldn't wear them anymore. I have stretch marks around my breasts, the outer part of my underarm, inner and outer thighs and I just barely noticed that I have stretch marks on my stomach yesterday. I'm very depressed, I gained a lot of weight and I don't know what to do. I want to lose weight so bad, but I'm worried that I might get more stretch marks. What should I do?





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I'm 16 I have stretch marks all over my legs,breasts and bakini line and mine get really sore at they cut and irritate,their horrible&im not fat I weigh the normal weight for my age&height.

So Im 16 I have stretch marks on my upper thighs, inner thighs, hips and back of legs. I am really unconfedent about my body and I'm not sure if their from weight gain of for being tall it could be both. I am really unconfedent and I want them gone there red and new and I don't know what to so.





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Hi, ever since I was 13 I've been getting terrible stretch marks there all over my hips,and has recently started to go higher up my side I have them on the back of my legs and inner thighs and I find it really upsetting. seeing me at the age of 14 with stretch marks has really lowered my confidence levels. Each hoilday I have been on I found it really hard to wear bikini bottoms and shorts what can I do:(





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Interesting information as presented in an interesting way - I hope that you will frequently update your blog. http://www.cutislaserclinics.com/solution/stretch-marks





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I'm 16 and I've got loads of stretch marks on my breasts, down my thighs and at the bottom of my back. I've had these for about 2 years now and I've tried everything like bio oil, coco butter and nothing is helping! I've been considering to get laser but not sure how much it would cost. I never used to be confident with my body anyway but now I've got stretch marks makes me feel even worse and I hate looking at myself in the mirror. is there any tips anyone can give me that can help my stretchmarks?





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I'm turning 15 in a few months and I have long strech marks on my breasts, they sort of a light color but still visable. I have a few short red ones on either side of my hips and I have on my inner thighs.. I'm really embarrassed by it. Does anyone have anything that can help beside Bio Oil? Thanks xx (:





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What if you have stretch marks but aren't prego ??!!??!!





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Hi I'm nearly 15 and I have got stretch marks all over my legs and breasts so I always wear long pants and tights, but I'm supposed to be going to Spain for a school trip in summer, I use all types if creams including bio oil but nothing works. Should I just not go to Spain, or is there any way I can use makeup or fake tan to cover them? Also, I really don't know why I have got them because I am quite fit and healthy. Thanks- Sarah xx





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Stretch marks are narrow, streak-like lines that can develop on the surface of the skin. They're also sometimes known as stria or striae. Stretch marks are often red or purple at first, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour. Read More »