Treatment For Stretch Marks – You’ve Got Options

You just gave birth and now that wonderful, natural, awe-inspiring glow you exude as you proudly hold your new baby for the world to see fills you with an unimaginable joy. You beam with pride as you take your new baby out in public for the first time and complete strangers come up to you to tell you what a cute and adorable baby you have. How can life get any better? Then it happens. You see your naked form in the mirror and you notice them, then you ask yourself, “is there a treatment for stretch marks?” When you first notice these dark purple lines running up and down various parts of your body, that glow you had earlier in the day is quickly extinguished. What has this baby done to your figure!?

Don’t stress! Not only is this experience completely normal and natural. It is completely treatable. Stop crying already! It’ll be okay. Over 90% of women experience stretch marks at some point during their pregnancy. For many, they begin appearing late in the first or early in the second trimester and become much more pronounced in the third trimester as the skin around the chest, neck, tummy, hips, and butt begins to stretch to its limits. This stretching actually tears the skin and creates these “battle scars” on your body. Although this is an unfortunate fact of life for most pregnant women, there are many things you can do to treat these stretch marks and get your pre-pregnancy body back. Take a deep breath.

Multiple Options for Treatment for Stretch Marks

In the following paragraphs I’ll go over some of the newest and more revolutionary treatments on the market to obliterate those stretch marks forever! Are you ready to wage war on your stretch marks?

One of the first weapons you have in your arsenal is that moisturizing lotion you probably neglected to use during your pregnancy. Rub this on throughout the day and you might just notice that that tiger stripes will start fading over time. Start early enough in your pregnancy and your stretch marks might be barely noticeable.

Have you, in an act of desperation, searched the internet for that wonder drug to make the marks go away forever? Although you can find thousands of products online, very few of them actually work or are worth your investment in time and money. Look for creams and lotions that are from reputable pharmaceutical companies and have generally positive reviews online. With nearly 9 in 10 women in the United States going through this with you, definitely fall back on their wise advice and go with products they recommend. With just a quick search, you can find numerous websites that objectively rate these products.

Lotions not your thing? For a more active approach, many women swear by the effects of a balanced diet and exercise. I know that for many of us, the first few months after giving birth is a time for rest and rejuvenation. Nursing mothers are also keenly aware of the demands of a hungry child. However, when you get your strength back and feel up to it, start with a brisk walk and then work up to light jogging. Combine this with some abdominal exercises such as crunches and you have a cheap and non-invasive way to tone your body up and help knock out some of those stretch marks! Of course, it is an absolute must to consult your physician before starting any exercise program. Make sure you are ready!

If none of the above options work for you, don’t stress! You’re not out of ammunition yet. With a modest investment of time and money, you can use more advanced techniques such as laser therapy or, in extreme cases, get a surgical procedure such as a tummy tuck. Laser therapy is fairly expensive but has shown some fantastic results in repairing damaged skin without resorting to the invasive method of surgery. Of course, we all know someone who has experienced a tummy tuck. Unfortunately, this procedure will cost several thousand dollars and keep you bed ridden for several weeks but, for some women, this last resort option has paid major dividends. Tummy tucks work by surgically removing the stretched out skin. If you’ve tried everything else and have the money to spend, talk it over with your physician to see if this is a suitable treatment for you.

The Least Expensive Option for Treatment for Stretch Marks

If you’re like me though, you’re always on the lookout for a bargain. From shopping for the best rate for car insurance, to clipping coupons before going to the grocery store, I am always trying to find a new way to make my dollar stretch a little farther. As a new mom, you are probably already shelling out massive amounts of money for diapers, clothes, toys, formula, you name it. How can you find a treatment for your stretch marks that not only works, but is also affordable for the average new mother?

The most affordable method, and oddly enough the one that enjoys the widest support base in only forums, is to simply use a cocoa butter based moisturizing lotion on a daily basis. From the time you wake up, to the time you go to bed, you need to cover yourself in this stuff. I’m serious. It has healing qualities that promote the elasticity in your skin and allow it to regain its stretchiness.

As I said, with no shortage of treatment for stretch marks, there’s really no need to stress. Start off slow and use those moisturizers, then work up to more advanced lotions, then diet and exercise. Try to always stay positive and keep your expectations realistic. These stretch marks will not go away overnight but your stress level might subside when you realize that you are not alone and that you have a myriad of options at your disposal. Good luck!

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