Pregnancy stretch marks are very stubborn. There are various ayurvedic tips and medicines to address these marks.
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About stretch marks in pregnancy
Almost all women develop stretch marks during pregnancy. These may appear on abdomen, hips, breasts and thighs. In medical terms these are known as striae gravidarum . The intensity and colour of these marks depend on skin colour of individual. But in all cases these marks are in contrast with surrounding skin colour.
Causes of stretch marks in pregnancy
Women usually develop stretch marks during pregnancy. The stretch marks appear due to sudden stretching of skin surface. These are small tears of skin which happen in skin tissue to help skin to stretch as belly expands. During this process separation or tearing of skin collagen happens. Mostly these appear in last trimester of pregnancy. The genetic factors play a big role in appearance of these marks. The stretch marks appear on stomach, breasts and thighs. The color of these marks can start as pink progress to reddish brown, brown or dark brown. Over a long period of time they acquire silvery grey. These color changes depend upon the color of skin. The stretch marks even though can not be completely cured; at least they can be minimized.
Who are Prone to Pregnancy Stretch Marks ?
Appearance of stretch marks in pregnancy depends on many factors. It depends on the following factors.
- The elasticity of skin, which is genetically determined. If mother gets stretch marks then the probabilities of daughter getting these are more.
- There is a limit for stretching of skin. Obesity makes the stretch marks worst.
- Multiple pregnancies leads to more stretch marks than single pregnancy.
- If stretch marks show up during puberty then chances of getting these during pregnancy are more.
Stretch marks in Ayurveda and Its Home Remedies
Texts of ayurveda mention stretch marks as “Kikkwisa”. Ayurveda acharyas mention about these marks and remedies for this.
Ayurvedic oils are very useful in this condition. The best oils are
Kumkumadi Tailam is highly recommended to increase glow and texture of skin. It helps to reduce marks and scars. Apply this oil on marks twice daily.
Mix 1/2 tea spoon of turmeric in two tea spoons of ksheerabala oil. Massage this oil on marks twice daily. Wash it off with ayurvedic body scrub. Ksheerabala has sesame oil as base oil and processed with milk and Herb Bala (sida Cordifolia). Sesame oil is highly eulogised for its skin healing properties.
Castor oil has immense medicinal properties. It not only helps to reduce marks but also improves skin health. Warm castor oil with a pinch of turmeric and apply this over abdomen.
Ayurveda acharyas recommend , preventing scratching the stretch marks as it causes scarring. If you feel itching sensations on these marks rub lightly with soft cotton cloth or cotton balls. Massaging abdomen very lightly with ksheerabala oil helps to reduce, itching, dryness of skin and striae gravidarum.
Ayurvedic Tips to Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks
The severity of stretch marks can be reduced or minimized by taking preventive measures as early as possible. Here are few tips to prevent stretch marks.
Apply moisturiser or ayurvedic oil
Apply plenty of moisturizing lotion at repeated intervals of time.(Dermatologists recommend application of moisturizer at least 4 times daily). Select a moisturizer which is rich in natural ingredients. Avoid moisturizer which contains harsh chemicals.
Drink plenty of water to keep the skin well hydrated. Well hydrated skin has more elasticity.
Follow Ayurvedic Diet
Always chose mild type of exercises. Consult your gynecologist before starting any exercise routine during pregnancy. Walking in moderate pace is best exercise.
Watch your weight
Check your weight. Any abnormal weight gain can exaggerate appearance of stretch marks.
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