Do stretch marks get worse with subsequent pregnancies?
Questions abound regarding the dreaded stretch marks: What causes them? How can I prevent/remove them? Will I get more/worse stretch marks with each pregnancy?
So... Do stretch marks get better (or worse) with additional pregnancies?
There is no "one size fits all" answer. Just as every person is different, every pregnancy is different. After discussing the issue with mothers we know and researching pregnancy forums, the only clear answer is that results vary for everyone. Some mothers get very noticeable stretch marks with their first pregnancy, but never get any additional stretch marks, regardless how many times they get pregnant. In fact, many think that once the skin has been stretched from the first pregnancy, further stretching won't be necessary to accommodate a second (or third, fourth, etc.) pregnancy.
But, again, each pregnancy is different: you may gain more (or less) weight, or you simply may carry your baby differently. If you carry your baby differently than you did previously, your skin will still need to stretch in different ways to accommodate your growing belly.
As we've discussed before, stretch marks are (unfortunately) not limited to the belly area. Weight gain in the breasts, thighs, etc. can also lead to stretch marks. And, as we've now learned, the fact that you managed to avoid them with your first pregnancy doesn't necessarily mean that you won't be plagued with them with subsequent pregnancies.
Regardless of your history with pregnancy and stretch marks, it's best to take precautions. Try not to gain more weight than is recommended for your body type (this is for the health of both you and your baby, as well as for the avoidance of stretch marks). And take good care of your skin, keeping it supple and healthy with Elastin3.
Jan 12, 2013
By: serena jones