Pregnancy Stretch Marks: What Causes Them and How To Prevent Them

Pregnancy stretch marks are every woman's nightmare. Some women get them and others don't. Some say it’s simply genetics but perhaps that’s our way of just "stretching" the truth so we don't feel bad. Either way, you should never feel bad about showing stripes where your body built a human. You’re a champ!  But let’s get serious, you know you’re amazing but those damn pregnancy stretch marks still got you twisted. You are not alone. So, let’s get down into the nitty-gritty of what causes stretch marks and how you can prevent them and diminish them if you already have them. Spoiler alert: You can use magnesium for stretch marks!

 

What Are Pregnancy Stretch Marks

If you’re experiencing pregnancy stretch marks, you aren’t alone; it’s actually more common than you think, as they develop in nine out of ten pregnancies. Pregnancy stretch marks typically appear during the sixth or seventh month and can appear on your stomach, breasts and hips.

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What Causes Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Pregnancy stretch marks are caused when the skin is stretched due to the rapid weight gain many women experiencing when pregnant. The collagen and elastin, which are the fibers that keep your skin taut, are stretched so much that they snap, resulting in the pink streaks many women fear. In other words, little tears occur in the layers of your skin causing a scar-like mark.

Will Pregnancy Stretch Marks Disappear?

Like most scars, pregnancy stretch marks won’t disappear entirely. They can fade but the little tears in the layers of the skin will remain, which also means, so will their appearance. However, you can use our Coffee Scrub to reduce the visibility of your stretch marks by reversing the damage and evening out the skin tone. Our Galactic Glow Creamy Dreamy Body Scrub also contains magnesium oil and organic coffee grounds which are great for fading and evening out old stretch marks.

Magnesium For Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Magnesium is the most important ingredient in any lotion, cream or balm you are using to prevent stretch marks while pregnant. Without magnesium oil as one of the key ingredients, all you are getting is a cheap or — overpriced — moisturizer! While moisturizing your pregnant belly is important it isn’t going to do anything in way of preventing stretch marks!

Magnesium oil is important for normal, healthy tissue stretching. Magnesium relaxes the nervous system, digestive system, and musculoskeletal system. Think of your belly as a sheet of plastic. Without magnesium it is rigid, while it will bend a little, once it starts to expand and stretch, it will begin to crack, break and itch. Magnesium relaxes and turns the rigidity of your belly into more like a sheet of rubber or a balloon and allows for proper stretching and expansion of the musculoskeletal system and diminishes the awful itch that goes along with it because your skin is more pliable! 

 

Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks with Magnesium Moisturizer

The first thing every mom-to-be searches for when learning they’re pregnant is how to prevent stretch marks. They’re a common annoyance that, unfortunately, society has tricked us into hating. (Ahem, they’re warrior stripes and should be loved!). However, if you want to reduce your risk of getting stretch marks when pregnant, there are some things you can do.

For starters, prevention is key. The sooner you can start tackling the areas that feel taut or that are prone to pregnancy stretch marks, the better.

 

Keep Your Skin Moisturized

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Use a daily moisturizer to help maintain your skin’s elasticity. This will make it less likely to tear when your body starts changing. Start with our Vital Vortex Magnesium Cream or Supernova Extra Strength Magnesium Balm, for deep, rich moisturizing that comes with a myriad of other amazing benefits throughout your entire pregnancy and delivery.

If you aren’t yet pregnant and are currently trying, these magnesium lotions can also help to increase your magnesium levels and your fertility.

 

Reverse The Damage As Soon As You See Pregnancy Stretch Marks

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Perhaps you’re already pregnant and seeing stretch marks, which is what brought you here today, it’s not too late to start using the cream or butter today to reverse the damage and even out skin tone. Our Galactic Glow Creamy Dreamy Body Scrub also contains magnesium oil and organic coffee grounds which help fade and even out old stretch marks.

Last but certainly not least, embrace them. While our magnesium lotions can be great for preventing stretch marks and our coffee scrub helps reverse the damage if you already have them, the best treatment is to love your body just the way it is. Those pregnancy stretch marks are evidence of the beautiful human you created in your body. It shows your strength and resilience, your feminine power and most of all, that you are the mom of a new little baby.