Pregnancy

Are Stretch Marks Genetic? Your No. 1 Question Answered

Are stretch marks genetic? If I got stretch marks in puberty will I get them now i’m pregnant? How can stretch marks be prevented? What can I do to get rid of them? Get ready mamas we’ve got the answers to your biggest stretch mark questions.

What Are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are very deep tears below the surface of the skin.They typically appear as parallel lines which are a different texture and colour than your normal skin varying from silvery white, to light pink and even dark purple depending on the age of the stretch mark and your skin tone. They can occur anywhere but are most commonly found on your boobs, thighs, bum and tummy.

Are Stretch Marks Genetic?

Yes, there is a genetic link to stretch marks, so if your mama or sister had them, you are more likely to get them too. You’re not alone though, mama – over 90% of women will get them towards the later stages of pregnancy. However just as with wrinkles and eye bags, we can do our best to battle our genes. Do this by nourishing with super foods inside and the best possible ingredients outside to keep your skin strong, healthy and super moisturised.

Why Do You Get Stretch Marks?

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Stretch marks happen when your skin stretches rapidly, for example when your body changes during puberty or when you’re pregnant! Sudden growth or weight gain causes the middle layer of skin (the dermis) to tear resulting in those dreaded stretch marks you were probably hoping to avoid.

When do stretch marks appear in pregnancy?

Ultimately, stretch marks can appear at any point during pregnancy. They’re more likely during the second and third trimester, as this is when your baby and bump really start to grow and skin starts to stretch. Many women find that stretch marks start to emerge from week 35 and often when your bump drops. Read more about how your body changes during the third trimester here!

It’s worth pointing out that just because you might have got stretch marks in your first pregnancy, doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get them in your second pregnancy, or vice-versa! Sadly, there really aren’t many rules as to when stretch marks appear – all the more reason to prepare skin and help prevent them!

How to get rid of stretch marks?

Stretch marks may be a baby growing badge of honour but they can change the way you feel about your body. So what can you do to prevent them? And if you’ve got them already now what?

How to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy?

Just because you got stretch marks in your youth doesn’t mean you will get them now. Take preventative measures with our award winning Tummy Rub Butter and our incredible Tummy Rub Oil. Both are bursting with Omegas 3, 6 and 9 which help build the skin’s elasticity and strength, with mega moisturising organic oils and super safe to use during pregnancy we give you the very best protection available to help you prevent stretch marks.

You can also help prevent stretch marks by following these simple lifestyle tips:

  1. Drink plenty of water to help keep your skin stay hydrated; dry skin is more likely to stretch than moisturised skin.
  2. Exfoliate: Use a pregnancy body scrub to smooth away the dry and dull surface layer of skin cells in the warmth of your shower. Now, your skin is ready to full absorb the amazing Omegas and nourishment of the products that follow.
  3. Manage your weight – for most, it’s the fast weight gain that causes stretch marks to appear. Try to maintain a healthy weight through a balanced diet and exercise. Read our guide on exercise during pregnancy for more info!
  4. Eat the rainbow! We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – eat as much fruit and veg as possible, as it will help your baby develop and it can really have an effect on your skin, too. Top 5 Pregnancy Superfoods.
  5.  Get plenty of Vitamin C, as this plays a vital role in the way your skin develops collagen, which in turn helps keep skin strong and elasticated.

How to get rid of stretch marks after pregnancy?

For those of you who want to get rid of stretch marks we have Goodbye Stretch Marks! Perfectly pregnancy safe, it’s a powerful blend of peptides, fruit and algae extracts and nourishing oils that can help minimise the appearance of both new and old stretch marks caused by pregnancy and weight fluctuations helping the skin on the surface but also below, at the dermal tissue level repairing those deeps tears beneath the skin. Jam packed with incredible ingredients it also helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation and improve uneven skin tone.

Find out more here!

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Elise Parkes

Elise Parkes

Writer and expert

Alongside food, travel and writing, skincare is one of my greatest loves. I'm a self-confessed skincare junkie, and product hoarder! Luckily that means I'm ingredient savvy and confident I know what makes a fab skin care routine.


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