Congratulations, if you’re pregnant! Having a baby is a wonderful experience. I bet it would be even more wonderful if we wouldn’t end up with stretch marks after the 10 months pregnancy.
The bitter truth is that between 75 and 90% of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy. As you put on weight, your skin is gradually stretched further and further, usually causing darker lines on your body. Stretch marks can appear on the thighs, buttocks and on the breasts as they get bigger.
But don’t worry there is always a solution. When I was pregnant I found some tricks and tips that can help you prevent your skin from damaging.
Your intake of certain foods has a huge impact on your skin elasticity. Increase your intake of the following foods to keep your skin healthy and help prevent stretch marks.
- Vitamin E to increase skin elasticity. You can find vitamin E in Breakfast cereals (the best is unsweetened porridge), nuts, tomatoes, spinach, carrot, pumpkin, pepper, broccoli, sweet potato, fish, mango.
- Eat nuts and seeds (Brazil nuts, Almonds, Walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)
- Vitamin C (hot chili pepper, bell pepper, broccoli, kiwi, papaya, oranges)
- Zinc (oysters, roast beef, pumpkin, squash, dark chocolate, lamb, peanut, crab)
- Silica (banana, wholegrain bread, raisin, green beans, carrot, rice)
- Drinking lots of water
And my last advice is: It’s normal to put on weight, but try not to “eat for two”. The extra calories that a pregnant woman should take to nourish the baby are about 300 extra calories per day.
Enjoy your pregnancy!