Pregnancy: Age 35+ Community
About This Community:

A community of expecting mothers (35+ Years Old) offering support through pregnancy and childbirth. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences.

Font Size:
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank

Pregnancy Symptom: Stretch Mark...

Stretch Marks and Skin Changes

What Stretch Marks Are Like

Stretch marks are red, pink, or brown streaks on the skin. They are most common the belly, but also often they appear on the thighs, buttocks, abdomen, upper arms, and breasts. Most women get some stretch marks during pregnancy.


Some women notice other skin changes during pregnancy. For many women, the nipples become darker and browner during pregnancy. Many pregnant women also develop a dark line (called the linea nigra) on the skin that runs from the belly button down to the pubic hairline. Patches of darker skin usually over the cheeks, forehead, nose, or upper lip also are common. Patches often match on both sides of face. These spots are called melasma or chloasma and are more common in darker-skinned women.

Why do you get stretch marks?

These scars are caused by the stretching of the skin and the breakdown of protein in the skin by the high levels of pregnancy hormones, and usually appear in the second half of pregnancy.

How To Prevent Stretch Marks

Unfortunately, there's not much you can do to prevent stretch marks. Creams that you can rub into your skin usually have no effect. However, putting on weight gradually probably does help.

 

Be patient — stretch marks and other skin changes usually fade after delivery.


Top Pregnancy Answerers
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Dragonwings
134578_tn?1433306113
Blank
AnnieBrooke
OR
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Ceri111
7174950_tn?1406664709
Blank
tishaxx
10909590_tn?1416440706
Blank
ki_kii
Saint Lucia
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Cindy0624
Blank
Pregnancy Tracker
Track your pregnancy
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
1217293_tn?1433053076
Blank
Risa615 commented on photo
6 hrs ago
1217293_tn?1433053076
Blank
Risa615 commented on photo
6 hrs ago
1217293_tn?1433053076
Blank
Risa615 commented on photo
6 hrs ago
Go
BlankBlankBlank
Report
Rating
Category
Start Date
Oct 21, 2009
by sk123
Last Revision
Oct 21, 2009
by sk123