News Flash!  Pregnancy alters hormones.   Nothing new right? It alters weight and size.  So, for obviously reasons your physical appearance is going to change drastically.  Stretch marks are not unheard of during pregnancy.  In fact 75-90% of pregnant woman develop stretch marks.

Stretch marks are a form of scarring on the skin with an off color hews.  They are the result of rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth, and hormonal change.  The excessive stretching results in breaking of collagen and elastin.  When these protein fibers break, you may experience itching but no pain.  

There are many methods to remove stretch marks.  Skin remodeling, chemical peeling, laser treatment and of course there’s always cosmetic surgery.  If at the beginning of nine months, you forecast that you’d rather not put yourself through any of this and would much rather save yourself the trouble.  There is always the preventative measure, meaning topical creams.

When choosing a topical cream, first and foremost you have to decide if you are willing to use chemicals or prefer an all-natural cream.  Here are a list of agents both chemical and natural that is proven to aid in preventing stretch marks and healing them as well.

Aloe Vera, Cocoa Butter, DMAE, Glycolic Acid, Grape seed extract, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide – 3, Retinyl Palmitiate, Shea Butter, Siegesbeckia Orientalis.

So a general rule; if you can’t pronounce it, maybe you shouldn’t use it.  There are numerous products out there.  Dream Belly, created by Fairhaven Health is an all-natural stretch mark cream that came highly recommended.   With ingredients such at Gotu Kola extract, vitamin E, Collagen, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Rosehip seed oil, Jojoba oil and Orange Oil for a hint of fragrance.  All the ingredients were chosen for their anti-inflammatory, sun protection, detoxifying properties, elasticity restoration and it’s also water based so it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave an oily feeling. 

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