Obviously your skin has to stretch during pregnancy, to make room for your growing baby. If your skin is well nourished, the elastin in it should help to slow this stretch. However, sometimes your skin will grow beyond the ability of its elastin. This is when you get stretch marks. They typically appear on women’s thighs, hips, stomachs and breasts.
Stretch marks can be a sign that you are deficient in certain nutrients, such as vitamin C, zinc, vitamin E or essential fatty acids. The good news is that you can minimise stretch marks, and potentially avoid them altogether by nourishing your skin through good nutrition and daily moisturising.
- Stay hydrated – your skin cells need water! Make sure you’re drinking at least two litres.
- Eat berries, green leafy vegetables and avocado daily as they are a great source of vitamins C and E
- Take a multivitamin/mineral and an omega-3 supplement daily*
- Eat plenty of foods which are rich in zinc such as, lamb, natural yogurt and pumpkin seeds
- Moisturise with daily with a vitamin E rich oil
*Read more about recommended pregnancy supplements here.
NOTE: It is important to note that following these tips will not guarantee that you don’t get stretch marks, but hopefully will help you minimise them.
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Information provided by Bump and Beyond Nutrition