Noel & Cathy
One week after posting our profile on ParentProfiles.com, we received an email from a family whose daughter was planning to place her unborn child for adoption. They'd made a list of what they were looking for in potential adoptive parents, and thought we might just be the ones after looking at our profile. We were amazed at how much we had in common, experientially and spiritually, as we all got to know each more ...
Stretch marks are one of the unfortunate side effects of pregnancy. As the abdomen stretches, so does the skin and because skin loses its elasticity over time, after pregnancy it may not return that easily to its pre-pregnancy suppleness. This is particularly true as one gets older.
How bad one's stretch marks are depends on how elastic the skin was before pregnancy and how you take care of your skin during and after pregnancy. Taking care of your skin includes exercise and not just using expensive lotions and potions. There are, in the world of beauty, very few easy answers. Being healthy requires leading a healthy lifestyle, eating a healthy diet and taking good care of yourself.
Some stretch marks prevention strategies include:A regular exercise routine;
Natural remedies for stretch marks include natural oils like wheat germ oil, almond oil, rose oil and vitamin E oil. Massage one of these into your skin daily or add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer. Most oils will take up to three months of continuous use before you see the effects. Stretch marks are notoriously difficult to get rid of, but with care they should fade into relative insignificance.
And when you're feeling a bit down about your stretch marks, take a look at People magazine which is sure to have a few pictures of the most beautiful stars caught unawares with stretch marks, cellulite and tummy rolls. At least you have an excuse!