Stretch Marks and Twin Pregnancy

Stretch marks and twin pregnancy sort of go hand in hand. It's just a matter of how bad yours will get. When your body has to accommodate not one, but TWO babies, your belly can be stretched to its absolute limits (at least it sure feels that way)! However, If you are one of the lucky few (and you are indeed lucky) who will not have to suffer from unattractive stretch marks, then you probably don't need to read through this page. Otherwise, here is some helpful info on causes, treatment, and possible prevention.

Causes of Stretch Marks

A stretch mark is caused by rapid stretching of the skin due to pregnancy or weight gain. These tell tale linear red, purple, or whitish streaks crop up in the dermis. The dermis is that elastic middle layer of skin that lets it retain its shape. When the dermis breaks down due to this constant stretching, stretch marked skin is the result. Hereditary factors, as well as ethnicity will also play a role in the severity of stretch marks. Women with more melanin in their skin (darker) are less prone.

Treatments

Although, they generally become a bit less prominent in the months after birth, many mothers of twins are still bothered by their appearance and want to know what can be done to remove them or what can be done to prevent them altogether.

Long-established studies have always stated that stretched marks are permanent and can not be prevented. But new studies that are starting to debate that theory are creating a bit of a buzz.

With advancements in technology, laser therapy is one of the newest options for improving the look of post-pregnancy stretched belly skin...And seems to be gaining more and more popularity. It may be expensive, but the results are unbeatable. Just take a look at the video below as an example.

The other option, and a much less expensive one, is the use of special creams and lotions. Cocoa butter and vitamin E oil have always been favorites, but have never really produced any ground breaking results. Argan oil has become popular in recent years as well. Many dermatologists recommend drinking lots of water, exercise, and the use of a good moisturizing cream during twin pregnancy to help retain the skin's elasticity and possibly reduce the occurrence of stretch marked skin. And now there are companies coming out with more advanced formulas that are targeted to help diminish the look of your stretch mark. Simply browse the web or take a look at the cosmetics isle of your local drug store to see what I'm talking about.

Either way you go about it, there seems to be comfort in the fact that remedies are improving for those of us looking for a treatment. And, if nothing else, we can wear our marks as a badge of honor...After all, not everyone will carry twins!

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