Worried About Pregnancy Stretch Marks? Here’s When To Start Using Stretch Mark Cream
Are you expecting a new baby? If so, you’re probably hearing both solicited and unsolicited advice and learning the power of the “smile and nod.” Being pregnant has many challenges, but it’s also a beautiful and empowering time for most women. If you’re trying to get the upper hand on pregnancy stretch marks, you’ve come to the right place.
In this post, we’re going to answer a common question: when do stretch marks appear in pregnancy? We’ll also talk about the best stretch mark prevention creams and discuss how to get rid of pregnancy stretch marks if they do become a problem.
When Do Stretch Marks Appear In Pregnancy?
During pregnancy, you’ll likely experience many changes to your body– inside and out. You may only stretch in your abdominal area or you may stretch all over. Some people can actually be genetically prone to developing stretch marks.
In general, women start seeing stretch marks popping up in the second trimester. This is when your baby bump will start growing rapidly: it’s that rapid skin stretching (especially that which cannot keep up with normal skin growth rates) that causes stretch marks!
When Should I Start Applying Stretch Mark Creams?
These creams are completely safe, so you could, realistically, use them throughout your whole pregnancy! However, they’re going to be most effective once the stretch marks actually start to form, making the optimal time to start using a stretch mark cream at the onset of your second trimester. If you’re wondering how to use a stretch mark cream effectively, take a peek at this post: How To Get The Best Results From Your Stretch Mark Cream.
How Do I Get Rid of Pregnancy Stretch Marks?
Maybe the damage has already been done. If you’re wondering how to get rid of existing pregnancy stretch marks, you’ll probably need to employ the use of some discoloration fading creams (like our Scar Esthetique Silicone Scar Cream) and some firming creams (like our Rejuvaskin Advanced Firming Cream). These types of products will help tighten sagging skin and the discoloration that scarring causes.
This approach is best tackled after pregnancy; not because these products are unsafe for your baby, but because it doesn’t make sense to treat something that will only worsen during the tail end of your pregnancy. Of course, the best course of action would be to prevent stretch marks in the beginning.
What Is the Best Stretch Mark Prevention Cream?
First and foremost, the best stretch mark prevention cream (as opposed to a lotion) for you will be one that works well with your skin and that you feel comfortable using. The cream should be non-greasy and should be absorbed into your skin quickly. These creams work by moisturizing your skin, thereby preventing stretching in the first place.
Here at Rejuvaskin, we’ve worked hard to develop a paraben-free stretch mark cream that is both safe and effective. Pregnant women need to be careful what they put on and into their bodies, so we understand your concern with a stretch mark cream’s ingredients. This is why we’ve used natural botanicals like calendula, arnica montana, and aloe. Our stretch mark cream is gentle on the skin, non-irritating, and safe for mama and baby alike.