Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Stretch Marks--A By-Product of Pregnancy

When I became pregnant with my daughter, I was so excited.  I knew my body would change, but I had no idea how much certain parts of my body would change forever.  Parts of my body that never sagged before seem to give in to gravity like they never did before.  And no matter what I do, it seems that I cannot get rid of my belly--in spite of my weight loss.

One thing I did not really know about were stretch marks.  I remember when they first came--somewhere around the three month mark.  I remember buying all the fancy lotions that were supposed to reduce the stretch marks, but if I am honest, nothing really helped.  No matter what I tried, stretch mark removal and prevention seemed to be beyond my grasp!

I was glad to see that after my daughter was born, the stretch marks did get lighter, but if I am honest, I still don't like the way they look.  I know I should do something about it, but it seems that the products are so expensive.  I also prefer natural products, and it just seems hard to find quality items for this problem that practically all women share.

At least losing the baby weight did help, but I still have stretch marks even nine years later.  I don't spend a lot of time thinking about it, but it would be nice to find something that could reduce these stretch marks.  I am always open to ideas as long as they are not too expensive and actually work!

The nice thing about stretch marks is that at least they normally appear in areas that most of keep covered.  I am glad that I do not like to wear skimpy clothes or bikinis.  It could be a problem then.  Maybe stretch marks are "nature's" way of telling us mothers that we need to dress more modestly.  I had never thought of that before.  But then again, I was never really a provocative dresser anyway.

So how about you?  Are you bothered by stretch marks?  Do you have any remedies for them?  Or maybe you avoided them (or know how you will should you ever have children).  I would love to hear from you!

1 comment:

  1. I managed to avoid stretch marks on my belly, but I have some on my hips. I used an anti-stretch mark lotion obsessively, and I like to think it worked. (I cannot think of the brand right off, but it was a white bottle with brown on it.) Cocoa butter is also something I used when I was out of the other. It made my skin feel a lot better while my body was changing.

    I did luck out in the color of my stretch marks. I'm a Caucasian with very pale skin (I'm a ginger), and my stretch marks are silver. They don't bother me a bit. :-)


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