How did you combat the stretch marks left after pregnancy?

Talsmarie - posted on 07/26/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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It has been four months since I had my beautiful daughter. I was huge and I still have the stretch marks to prove it... They are unsightly. Do they ever go away? fade? or something! What can I do to help whip my tummy back in shape and....texture (for lack of a better word)?

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Michelle - posted on 07/29/2011

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Tanning isn't the healthiest way. Take it from someone who has had skin cancer removed and have the scars left. I would prefer stretch marks over scars.

Danielle - posted on 07/28/2011

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With it only being 4 mnths since you've given birth try Celtrixa. It's a lotion that reduces the appearance of stretch marks. I've heard it works. I have BAD stretch marks on my sides and some on my lower stomach. I notice they are alot less visible if I've tanned. It seems the darker I am..the less you can see them. So try tanning too =)

Carolee - posted on 07/27/2011

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Stretch marks are SCARS from your skin ripping. Like any other scar, they will eventually fade, but your skin will never be the same as it was pre-pregnancy. If you want them gone, your option is surgery. If you want them faded quicker, there are creams that can do that, and they can be found at any pharmacy store.

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√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 09/08/2011

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Vitamin E oil, straight on the marks will help them clear up quicker. My mom did this with her surgery scar and you can't even see it now. But it's best to do this right away, I'm not sure about 4 months later. Can't hurt looking into it though?



I never really cared about streatch marks. I think they take about a year or so to become un-pink/red. If you tan a little, it will help but they will be white afterwards for a while.. mine are still white. Tanning may also make the difference more noticable. They afterall, are scars. Your body literally ripped and isn't going to heal completely after that.



It does look better later on and I have had them since I was 15 because I gained 100lbs in one year, then at 19 lost the weight. I'll tell you right now that really NO ONE cares.



I've worn bikinis and dated. Fallen in love, had kids. It has not affected my life what so ever and if you can just get over your own worries over them, really... you'll find that the only people who would care are insecure themselves and just projecting their insecurities. So, try to relax about them.



Try to love them!! I had one boyfriend once say they looked like flames and liked them! Said they looked cool :)



My 2nd son has made the tips of my old streatch marks grow pink, so it looks like a bunch of tree branches and flowers blossoming at the tips. It's actually pretty haha



Make as many jokes about it as you can? Get a tattoo that says 'baby was here' or something ;)

Good luck

Sarah - posted on 09/08/2011

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Get some palmers skin therapy for stretch marks and bio oil. Then you want pure african shea butter nothing procsessed. Put them in a squit bottle and durring a hot shower put the bottle in hot water and let the butter kind of melt. Then after your shower put it on and rub really good. Durring the day put on the skin therapy oil and bio oil 3 more times. Trilastin is someting i bougt to add to my routine and it has helped

Cara - posted on 07/31/2011

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Stretch marks are my reminder of the awesome job I did at bringing a new life into this world! It's just a cultural thing to think that they're ugly or unwanted. Your body will get back close to its original shape even if it's not exactly the same. Breastfeeding is GREAT and helps your body a lot. Also just keep loading up on healthy foods, water, and moderate excercise. Don't stress too much. =)

Carmina - posted on 07/30/2011

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get some sun on the spots and also Bio Oil (im in australia im not sure if its in america) really helps, mine faded to almost nothing but now im pregnant again and they have re-darkened lol!

Talsmarie - posted on 07/29/2011

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Thanks ladies! at least I know Im not alone. I will learn to love them... I am breastfeeding so Celtrixa is not an option... I tend to wait a couple years on new products that just sound too good to be true :)

Michelle - posted on 07/27/2011

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I've learnt to love them. I have had 3 children and got huge with all of them. They remind me everyday of the miracle of carrying my children.

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My worse ones came from my son.... 9 years later im still trying to figure out if they will get better. They fade a little but they will never go away. I noticed when i use to do yoga and pilaties that they started looking even lighter and felt a little tighter.

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