Pregnancy is a beautiful experience that does come with some downsides, including swollen feet, nausea, and a sore back. Stretch marks are another unfortunate part of pregnancy for many women. The worst part of stretch marks is that typically, they do not disappear once the pregnancy is over. Here are a few of the most common myths and misconceptions about stretch marks.
Stretch Marks Aren't Genetic
Many assume that stretch marks are only caused by stretched skin, but this isn't always the truth. Some women are predisposed to developing stretch marks during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and your mother struggles with stretch marks, there is a higher chance you will too.
Although there are no ways to completely prevent stretch marks in pregnancy, especially if you are predisposed, there are ways you can minimize the appearance of stretch marks. For example, stay out of the sun and avoid gaining too much weight too fast.
Stretch Marks Only Occur on the Stomach During Pregnancy
Many pregnant women assume that stretch marks will only appear on their growing stomachs. Unfortunately, many women experience weight gain in various parts of their body throughout pregnancy. This weight gain can cause stretch marks on the buttocks and breasts, as well. Once again, the best way to prevent this is to avoid gaining too much weight.
Instead, maintain a healthy weight and only gain as much weight as recommended by your doctor.
Stretch Marks Only Occur During the Third Trimester
Stretch marks become more common as the pregnancy progresses. However, it is a common myth that women will only develop stretch marks during the last trimer. Stretch marks can occur at any time during the pregnancy, although they are more common as a woman reaches the end of her pregnancy.
Stretch Marks Will Never Go Away
Finally, if you are nearing the end of your pregnancy or have recently given birth, and are dealing with stretch marks, you might assume that there is nothing you can do to lessen the appearance of the marks. Talk to your dermatologist or doctor about available treatments.
For example, certain topical treatments can be applied that will help stimulate the production of collagen, which can help partially eliminate the presence of stretch marks. Other laser treatments are available that can also stimulate the production of collagen.
From the idea that stretch marks are permanent to the notion that stretch marks can only occur on the stomach, there are several myths associated with stretch marks during pregnancy.