I was hoping all through my pregancy to avoid stretch marks. I tried Bio-Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil...and I made it all the way through to the end of my 3rd trimester before they started to show.
I got very swollen during my pregnancy, and gained 25 pounds. I was always athletic, working out prior to and during my pregnancy. So having to gain weight was definitely a new mindset. I was glad that I hadn't had much swelling, but toward my 3rd trimester, that's when things started to change.
I had to go home to California for my cousins wedding, and on the plane home my feet started swelling and I ended up needing compression stockings. Then, at the end of my 3rd trimester, the stretch marks began showing up. First, there were a few, then suddenly it looked as if they took over my entire stomach.
Luckily, that wasn't entirely the case. I had also developed a Urticaria (aka, Hives!) which were rare in pregnancy (especially mine!). It was called PUPPs. It usually only happens with twins, or boys, and I was pregnant with neither one! When the stretch marks first started to show, I was disappointed. But when they took over and got itchy, I grew concerned. Luckily, my OB had a cousin with it and so she recognized it instantly.
Not all doctors are aware of PUPPs so make sure to mention it! I tried everything to avoid the itching, but I started to become affected: I wasn't eating, I would wake up from the itching and would be scratching and uncomfortable all night. PUPPs can occur at any time during the pregnancy, but I got lucky that it decided to happen in my 38th week. So we induced (the only way to get rid of it is to deliver!).
So in my case, I had stretch marks that were contained to my sides and didn't cover my stomach. But even if they are covering you...embrace it! Your body went through trauma to have that baby! There is a few things I tried though, to help lighten up the stretch marks.
According to Kitchener Waterloo Cosmetic Clinic, microneedling is:
"An Effective Treatment for Acne, Large Pores, Scarring, Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Stretch Marks, Hyperpigmentation, Melasma and more.
Microneedling treatment has gained popularity in the past few years, and has established itself as a safe and effective way to both repair and rejuvenate the skin of the face and body.
During treatment, a handheld device with very tiny, and shallow needles is gently passed across the skin. These needles will create small micro punctures into the surface of the skin, which will trigger a healing response through collagen induction. The body’s skin will go into a repair and healing state in response to the microneedling."
I myself tried it back in January, prior to the Covid Pandemic shutting down all businesses. I did notice that the stretch marks started to lighten. I'm hoping to head back in for another few sessions (I'll keep you posted on the progress on my blog!) once they open up and I can leave Alayna somewhere!
The other thing I tried and love is Lytera 2.0 Brightening Cream by SkinMedica. It works great for brightening acne scars, but I also use it on any burns I have. It's been researched and studied to prove it works, since it is medical grade. And it definitely has brightened up a few of the burn scars I have.
I'm not aware of any other remedies, nor have I tried any. But if you have feel free to drop a comment below!