pregnant-black-womanStretching during pregnancy — especially during the third trimester. Can it be avoided? Absolutely! Here is what to do if you do not wish to have those marks running across your belly.

1. Maintain a healthy diet

The number one tip is that the best way to prevent stretch marks is to eat a variety of healthy fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and good fats. Maintain a skin-nourishing diet during and after pregnancy.

2. Drink a lot of water

The bottom line is that stretch marks are hereditary and there is no real scientific proof that any of these methods work. But drinking a lot of water during pregnancy is one tip that is crucial for health, as well as beauty. Hydration makes the skin more pliable and less prone to stretch marks during pregnancy.

3. Exercise

Yeah, yeah, we all know we have to exercise while pregnant in order to keep everything as toned as possible — only that isn’t the sole reason why moving our bodies can prevent stretch marks. 

4. Moisturize with coconut oil

It is important to exfoliate dead skin cells and add moisture to the skin. Not only will it result in a healthy glow, it will also help with itchiness due to the stretching of the skin. Coconut oil contains a high amount of Vitamin E and it is 100 percent pregnancy safe — be sure to use amounts normally found in your diet, as excessive amounts are not proven safe.

5. Don’t literally eat for two

One of the best things you can do is maintain control over your diet so that your weight doesn’t rapidly fluctuate. The best way to fight stretch marks during pregnancy is to be healthy. You should be your healthiest self during pregnancy.

Gain the appropriate amount of weight your Doctor suggests and understand that the phrase, ‘eating for two’ doesn’t exactly hold up. Your baby requires nutrients from food as he or she grows, but don’t overdo it. You shouldn’t ‘eat’ for two literally, but you should definitely ‘think’ for two, and understand your limits, your body, and be committed to a healthy lifestyle.

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