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Upset stretch marks

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Salene Tue 29-Jul-14 13:21:02

So I'm 32 weeks with 1st baby and woke today to find tiny red dots about fingernail size along my pant line

It's the start of stretch marks, I'm totally gutted.

I've been slapping bio oil on since I was 4 weeks pregnant

I never had a Pammy Anderson bikini body to start with but still feel really upset

Now I'm worried there going to migrate up and over belly , I know it's part of pregnancy but can't help feeling upset :-(

Glastogirl Tue 29-Jul-14 13:24:50

It's been 15 years since I first got bad stretch marks. They were bright red for a few years and have now faded to barely anything... You can't really tell I ever had them now. fake tan works wonders if you want to wear a bikini;)

winnertakesitall Tue 29-Jul-14 13:26:56

You honestly can do nothing about it- I ended up with terrible stretch marks. I have been very upset about them as had a lovely tummy before! I now wear one piece swim suits as it really is unsightly. I also struggled with loose skin after pregnancy- I guess I have very poor elastin.

The bio oil will aid the skin in terms of nourishing it, and stopping it from itching so much, but if the stretch marks are going to come, they're going to come!

Scoobsmam13 Tue 29-Jul-14 13:31:42

I had them terribly with my first, but they went to hardly anything in a matter of months. Bio Oil will help to reduce the colour after you have baby, but there is nothing you can do to prevent them in my belief as they come from under the skin. Drinking water can help though as it will keep your skin hydrated.
I have always still worn a bikini no bother at all as you can hardly see them, and am now 18 weeks with my 2nd and just waiting for them to re-appear, boo!

Salene Tue 29-Jul-14 13:31:53

Yeah I know , it sucks :-(

I will keep with the bio oil if anything at least makes me feel better, I've still got 8 weeks left and assume my belly gonna expand a fair bit still so I'm expecting these troublesome buggers I found today to head North

I had some fine sliver ones on hips from frowning so thought I might end up with them, but even though I expected them I was still greeting when I seen them :-(

Salene Tue 29-Jul-14 13:41:01

Growing not frowning - dam iPhone

VirginiaWoofs Tue 29-Jul-14 14:31:46

I've never had a baby (saw this thread in active threads) and I have really horrific stretch marks on my thighs and bum. I'm a healthy weight, so there's little explanation for them. I was really self conscious about them for a long time and still feel a bit paranoid about them but they do fade. I hated them because my thighs and bum were my favourite feature prior to getting the stretch marks!

You get a lovely baby from yours, so focus on that smile i think stretch marks can happen to anyone and there's not much that can be done to prevent them.I know it feels awful though!

NatashaBee Tue 29-Jul-14 14:38:47

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squizita Tue 29-Jul-14 16:53:51

I first got stretch marks during puberty, they faded down to white lines within a year or so. Keeping my fingers crossed the same happens with these pregnancy ones.
If you moisturise before and after daily, they should fade away.

frannie2013 Tue 29-Jul-14 19:28:55

oh i know. you have my FULL sympathy.

i'm 34 weeks. a week and a half ago, the morning of a big family do, i spotted a cluster of them under my bump (in a different mirror - god knows if they had been there before) and i was distraught. DP found me crying on the bed and said all the right things but it really doesn't help.

then this sunday just gone i saw even more and burst into tears again. I"m still quite sad about it and daren't look at them as i know i'll just get down again.

i've been using oils religiously but they don't seem to do much (I'm massive too - measuring 5 weeks bigger, but my frame isn't big) and it just is totally shit.

i'm aware that i sounds really grumpy and ungrateful (oh but you will have a lovely baby) but i was just really hoping... even though my boobs had/ve them on when i was a teenager (they literally grew massive overnight - was a massive shock for me and everyone!) and now i can;t see them, but still.

the women who say that they are a symbol of carrying a baby etc are amazing and i wish i was more like them. it is just not me though.

i know they will pale into insignificance (ha!) but it really does nothing to help me feel like an attractive woman and post-birth i'm going to look really unattractive. again I KNOW this is not important (having a healthy baby is etc etc and being attractive will be low on my list of priorities apparently - even though it never has been before!) but i am just wanting my body back please!

i suppose just think of all the mums you know and lots of them will have them and they seem to be all right. you are not alone x

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