How to naturally combat stretch marks during pregnancy

Your growing belly making room for baby is one of the most beautiful bodily changes that occurs during pregnancy, but of course alongside this comes the visual indicators of stretching skin. Some women appear to go through pregnancy with none, whilst many of us are not as lucky!

Many people are of the view that stretch marks are genetic or unavoidable, but there are a few things you can do to ensure your skin is kept as smooth and supple during pregnancy as possible.  Below, I share my tried and tested tips for naturally preventing and reducing stretch marks during pregnancy.

1. Be consistent with hydration

Keeping the skin hydrated is key. When it is hydrated when the skin’s moisture lipid barrier is intact, the skin is stronger and more pliable, causing less injury and trauma to the skin when slowly stretched over the course of nine months. Get into a routine with this so you are consistently hydrating and firming the skin without even thinking about. Most women do this after showering. Moisturise using hydrating lotions such as shea or cocoa butter, which are great emollients and work well to further nourish and seal the skin and keep it ultra-hydrated.

 

2. Massage your belly with a good quality oil

Massage with a nutrient-rich oil –rich in vitamin A, and E (jojoba, olive oil, sunflower oil, almond oil all work great). You will find these in the Edible Beauty Phyto Stretch Mark Oil. You won't find any parrafin in this oil, instead you will find over 14 beautiful plant-based oils including an active clinically proven to visibly reduce the appearance of stretch marks. These oils help to repair the skin’s protective barrier to help keep the skin strong and less resistant to injury of the skin tissue.

These wonder plants help to promote skin elasticity and boost collagen production. Massage in a circular clockwise motion, which follows your stomach’s natural digestive tract. Remember the tummy, thighs, lower back and legs. Follow the massage with a sealing and nourishing moisturiser.

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3. Enhance skin elasticity from the inside-out

Keeping well hydrated and drinking lots of water ensures the skin’s elasticity is kept intact!

I also recommend eating lots of Vitamin C rich foods such as kiwis, capsicums, berries and broccoli to promote collagen production and keep skin elastic. You will find an abundance of Vitamin C in the Edible Beauty Native Collagen Booster. The antioxidants and amino acids in this blend are proven to promote collagen production, keeping skin supple and enhancing elasticity so it can stretch without damage.

Keep up your Vitamin A levels to assist in skin tissue repair. My favourite Vit A sources are carrots and sweet potatoes! 

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Anna Mitsios

Adv. Dip. Naturopathy. Adv. Dip. Nutrition. B.Com (Honours)

Anna is a certified naturopath and nutritionist and founder of leading Australian natural skincare and wellness company, Edible Beauty Australia. Anna has been featured in various publications including Mind Body Green, Women’s Health and Allure. She is committed to the natural transformation of her client’s skin using proven botanicals, nutrients and herbal formulations, both on the inside and out.  

Anna’s career began in the corporate sector, where she specialised in corporate finance and private banking for over ten years working in Sydney and New York for a large Australian bank. Anna’s career change was sparked by her own health journey, following a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes at 18 years of age.  Her diagnosis triggered her intense study of botanicals and nutrition to manage auto-immune condition and assist others in attaining optimal health. Anna’s naturopathy career has included working as a naturopath within a reputable natural fertility clinic in Sydney, within a pharmacy and health food store and running her own naturopathy practice. 

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