Post-Pregnancy Care: Dealing With Stretch Marks
Your body goes through a lot of changes during and after pregnancy and that can be overwhelming. Reading about certain things is vastly different from when you experience them in the flesh, literally!
Stretch-marks are one of the most stress inducing transformations your body experiences. Pregnancy is not the only reason why some people get stretch marks. If you’ve recently lost a lot of weight (or gained), you can get them too. They appear in different patterns and different parts of your body like your abdomen, thighs, breasts and arms.
They might not be visible to everyone but at times they can still be an eye sore. We’ve been so conditioned to be unhappy with how our bodies are, and stretch-marks add to just one of the many body image issues.
It’s important to own your body and that means if you don’t want to live with stretch marks, you shouldn’t have to. So how can you deal with stretch marks to make them go away?
Eat well and hydrate!
Stretch marks can begin to appear towards the final term of your pregnancy because that’s when the baby starts to grow rapidly. Almost 90% women who are pregnant, get them so there’s really no escape. One of the ways to prevent them is by maintaining a healthy diet and drinking lots of water.
If drinking water gets boring for you, supplement with nutritious drinks like coconut water and fruit juices. Avoid dehydrating fluids such as caffeinated drinks.
Massage with oil
Even after you have given birth, keep applying some TLC on those stretch marks. Rub olive or coconut oil on them regularly every night before you sleep because that’s when the skin rejuvenates.
Exercise and tone your muscles
While the jury is still out on the effectiveness of topical creams and natural remedies, exercising is a tried and tested option for you. Light exercise like a walk in the park which makes you break sweat or yoga can help you feel better about your body.
They also help tighten muscles and tone your body so that the visible appearance of stretch marks reduces. Make sure you pick something that you truly enjoy doing as well. This will give you ample motivation to be regular and stick to in the long run.
You can begin by doing it once a week and then increase the intensity as you develop strength. Remember to be kind to yourself and your body so you can heal together.
Exfoliate your skin
If you want to accelerate the process of repairing and rejuvenation, you can exfoliate your skin in the shower at least once a week. This helps to get rid of the dead skin cells and lets new skin cells grow at a fast pace. Make sure to rub in circular motions and target areas with the most stretch marks.
This is an effective way that will help you deal with stretch marks, and you should opt for this after consulting your doctor. After giving birth, wait for your doctor’s approval and we can examine you at our clinic.
The treatment involves beaming infrared light on the scars and softening their appearance. It also increases the volume of collagen in your skin and makes it appear taut. There are certain factors that impact the treatment result including your skin type, the duration you’ve had the marks and the number of visits you can make for the treatment.
Appointments are available at our clinic! We offer all kinds of beauty enhancing treatments including Botox, Injectable fillers and stretch marks treatment in Calgary. Contact us for more information.