Looking Your Best During Pregnancy: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Beauty Questions
Are stretch marks, varicose veins, and other pregnancy changes freaking you out? Worried that pregnancy will keep you from looking your best? Relax! In this article, we answer some of the most frequently asked beauty questions asked by pregnant women, explaining why these body changes occur, what you can do about them, and whether they will disappear after the baby is born.
As many as 50 percent to 90 percent of women will develop stretch marks during pregnancy. They're most likely to show up during the third trimester on areas of the body that expand the most during pregnancy, such as the stomach, breasts, and thighs. Stretch marks normally first appear as pink-colored lines that turn reddish or purplish as they enlarge. After pregnancy, the color gradually fades to a pale white or silver.
It seems that some women are more likely to develop stretch marks than others. If you're one of them, you probably have your parents to thank. Studies have shown that women who report a family history of stretch marks have a higher chance of developing stretch marks themselves. However, even women who don't have a family history can get stretch marks, so there's more to the story than just genetics.
Other things that may increase the risk for stretch marks include your age (younger moms-to-be may be more likely to get them) and the amount of weight you gain.
There have been several scientific studies looking at whether various lotions, creams, or oils can prevent stretch marks or reduce their size, but none of these studies have had promising results. Simply put, there is no strong evidence that any of these treatments work.
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