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When did you get stretch marks???

(166 Posts)
Writerwannabe83 Thu 23-Jan-14 17:33:39

I'm 31 weeks tomorrow and people are always quick to ask me if I've got stretch marks yet...

Does everyone get them.....and when??

chickindude Fri 08-Jan-16 21:24:44

4 pregnancies no stretch marks at all.

Noodledoodledoo Fri 08-Jan-16 21:12:23

Week 40 and they kept coming for a couple of weeks after baby was born - thought I had got lucky!!!

ouryve Fri 08-Jan-16 13:46:18

OP's child is nearly 2.

And FTR, I've had stretchmarks since I was 10. Pregnancy just put new ones on top of them.

dogvcatcat Fri 08-Jan-16 13:43:36

32 weeks here and they've just started turning up.

Autumn2014 Fri 08-Jan-16 13:34:55

In pregnancy I got them on my thighs and hips, but not my tummy. And postnatal on my boobs. I didn't go to full term so don't know of that makes a difference. Wondering if I will get more in this new pregnancy.

goodnessgraciousgoudaoriginal Fri 08-Jan-16 09:40:54

I totally disagree with the "you'll get them if you'll get them" mentality. I think a very small minority of people will never get stretch marks no matter what they do, a small minority will get them no matter WHAT they do, and for everyone else, getting them and the extent of how bad they are will depend on how you treat your body.

I have an absolute ton of very noticeable stretch marks from puberty all across my hips, my arse...etc, but at 41 weeks pregnant I only have a couple of very small, light coloured ones just above my navel.

Differences have been:

- I never used body lotion as a teenager, and have used it religiously every day since finding out I was pregnant
- I have made big efforts to drink LOADS of water and fluids whilst pregnant
- I kept active and kept on doing low impact sports up until recently, which helps circulation and helped a lot in any spikes in weight gain.

That said, I think if someone is having multiples then they are screwed from the get go....

Luckygirlcharlie Thu 07-Jan-16 21:50:17

None here yet. Ds1 went to 42 wks and was 10.5lbs o I'm hopeful will be clear this time too as ds2 seems smaller! 31 wks now.

goodnightdarthvader1 Thu 07-Jan-16 20:42:15

Mine started about 30 weeks, getting more every day!

hannahbanananana Thu 07-Jan-16 17:14:52

Shocked at how many people didn't get stretch marks! I am 38 weeks and absolutely covered in them and have been since 25 weeks! They are awful and everywhere sad

AbbyJohnson Thu 07-Jan-16 04:57:17

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ShowMeSaturn Mon 27-Jan-14 14:25:21

Cucumber Yep (ouch!) Old fashioned London Catholic family with a bit of rumoured gypsy thrown in, so proper breeders.
She literally popped one out every year.
What is sad, is that after all those years bringing up children, when she developed severe dementia in her 70s, of all the surviving 16 grown up children, only one offered to take her in to his home rather than send her into care - and he was a property developer at the time. Unsurprisingly, she had to sell her bungalow...

feekerry Mon 27-Jan-14 13:56:56

last pg didn't get any. put on about 2.5 stone, went to 42+1. babe nearly 9lbs. not a single mark.
this pg (38 weeks now) only put on about 11bs so far, absolutely covered in them!!! big deep purple ones (sad)

soupmaker Mon 27-Jan-14 10:40:01

Had DD1 at 37, put on about a couple of stone, no stretch marks. Rubbed Mama Mio oil and cream day and night into my bump. Felt oh so smug.

Had DD2 at 42. Put on a couple of stone but was considerably heavier when I started. Every now and again shoved some bio oil on my bump. Still felt oh so smug.

Week 39, had a look in the full length mirror. A mass of purple stretch marks on the underside of my bump!

They've faded and now I quite like them.

principalitygirl Mon 27-Jan-14 07:46:16

Just a single child here and not a single stretch mark. I felt v lucky until I realised I have separated ab muscles so still look a bit pregnant 18 mths after giving birth. Doing all the toning exercises I can... sad Would prefer stretch marks tbh. At least you can keep them hidden with clothing usually.

BOFtastic Mon 27-Jan-14 01:37:46

I didn't get any, and didn't moisturise at all. I think it just depends on your skin. Dd2 has got loads just frm a puberty growth spurt. I'm sure some people are just prone to them, no matter what they do. They generally fade, and they aren't unattractive in any way- just a little bit of history on your body.

RonaldMcDonald Mon 27-Jan-14 01:34:07

I was stretchmark free - completely and smugly- until 41 weeks
The next 5 days was traumatic....like a really awful roadsystem

citruslemon Sun 26-Jan-14 23:01:56

No stretch marks. Put this down to hubby massaging me with Bio-Oil every day.

theQuibbler Sun 26-Jan-14 22:50:42

No stretchmarks and my babies were whoppers, both over 10lbs. Lucky genes. DS1 was a c-section and the surgical team kept going on about my huge bump and playing guess the weight and saying how unusual it was for me not to have stretchmarks.

Pixiedust49 Sun 26-Jan-14 18:58:47

I had DD when I was 37. No stretch marks at all. I was huge!!!

I'm annoyed too SEmyarse. I'm covered in them. My boobs suffered too when my milk came in.

SEmyarse Sun 26-Jan-14 16:36:44

I'm bloody annoyed that so many don't have them. I went 2 weeks overdue with ds, but because I was so tiny many people didn't actually realise I was pregnant, and the midwives were concerned about the size of baby.

I am actually bloody plastered in the things, belly, bum, boobs, the lot. AND my milk didn't come in properly so my boobs didn't really increase either. I suspect I have well over 100.

minionmadness Sun 26-Jan-14 10:31:22

None here. Twins in my early 40's... Went to 37 weeks, dts's came in a 5.12lb and 5.5lb respectively, and I'm only 5.1ft. Total weight gain 2.5 stone.

Three sisters, two have then, two don't! None of us used anything other than our normal body creams.

InfiniteJest Sun 26-Jan-14 10:00:33

It's weird. I agree there's a strong genetic predisposition but I got them as a teenager, so I expected to get them when pregnant, but didn't get a single one. I went to 40+5 but I wasn't very big even then. I'm thin and short, so not sure where the baby was hiding but the bump was very small. Might not be so lucky if I have a second one!

cafebistro Sun 26-Jan-14 09:09:41

I've had 3 largish babies and got no stretch marks.
My mum is covered in them.

woodlandwanderwoman Sun 26-Jan-14 08:49:03

None here and I put on 3 stone and gave birth at 42w

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