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Putting on weight to avoid stretch marks

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RubieWoo Fri 22-May-15 19:12:23

Has anyone tried this? I'm thinking about doing this, I'm almost 10 weeks and I know for sure I;m going to get terrible stretch marks.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 22-May-15 19:13:39

Putting on weight will give you stretch marks too...

BatteryPoweredHen Fri 22-May-15 19:13:48

Say what? Its the putting on of the weight (combined with hormones) that gives you the stretch marks, surely?

MirandaWest Fri 22-May-15 19:13:50

I put on a lot of weight with both pregnancies (at least 4.5 stone each time) and got a lot of stretch marks. I wouldn't recommend weight gain as a method to avoid them grin

RubieWoo Fri 22-May-15 19:14:56

I don't mean putting on a lot of weight, just a bit and then return to my normal diet. If you know what i'm trying to get at

NickySummerbee Fri 22-May-15 19:16:10

Putting on weight will give you stretch marks anyway though? I don't get it...

BatteryPoweredHen Fri 22-May-15 19:16:43

Why? What do you see as being the benefit of this plan?

RubieWoo Fri 22-May-15 19:16:57

I thought the rapid growth of baby in the 3rd tri caused stretch marks....

ShootTheMoon Fri 22-May-15 19:17:46

No, genetics causes stretch marks I'm afraid grin

BatteryPoweredHen Fri 22-May-15 19:18:23

Your skin can't tell the difference between baby and fat - all it cares about is whether it is being required to accommodate more volume.

RubieWoo Fri 22-May-15 19:18:55

Maybe I haven't been clear. If i slowly put on weight, so I have a bit of a belly. Then lose it slowly when baby is growing quickly in 3rd trimester then maybe I can avoid them.

BatteryPoweredHen Fri 22-May-15 19:19:16

No, genetics causes stretch marks I'm afraid grin

Yes, that is why we all get stretch marks even when our skin isn't being stretched hmm

AbbeyRoadCrossing Fri 22-May-15 19:19:21

I don't think it'll work, you can't really put on weight to resemble a third trimester pregnant belly, and you might well end up with them elsewhere e.g. thighs if you gain weight quickly

RubieWoo Fri 22-May-15 19:19:52

I hope that makes sense

sshapplecartitisallokay Fri 22-May-15 19:20:04

My pg yoga teacher said omega 3 avoided stretch marks. I believe this as I was expecting dreadful stretch marks as I had dreadfull stretch marks as a teenager. But I was taking an omega supplement before and during pg and didn't get any at all.

Lweji Fri 22-May-15 19:20:41

I didn't get any stretch marks and I was very thin. Very. The belly grew enormously.

It's genetic.

BatteryPoweredHen Fri 22-May-15 19:21:53

But your skin is really really fragile during pregnancy (cortisol and relaxin make it vv susceptible to stretch marks).

It isn't the same as non-pregnant weight gain...

RedCrayons Fri 22-May-15 19:21:58

I had twins and put on 3 stone, not deliberately. I've got a few stretch marks underneath my belly button but you wouldn't notice them unless I pointed them out. I used Palmers every day, but I think mostly it's down to luck and genetics.
I know this sounds a bit stealth boasty, so will also say that my baggy stomach and csection shelf put and end to my bikini days.

RubieWoo Fri 22-May-15 19:23:20


Do you think it's too late to start at 10 weeks?

BatteryPoweredHen Fri 22-May-15 19:23:49

Susceptibility to stretch marks may well have a genetic element, but that isn't the same as saying that they are caused by genetics

gamerchick Fri 22-May-15 19:25:24

You can't pre stretch your skin if that's what yore getting at.

BatteryPoweredHen Fri 22-May-15 19:25:40

Look, if you're going to get them, you're going to get them, the only thing you can really do to help is not to gain too much weight in the first place - there's no law that says you have to get really huge smile

gamerchick Fri 22-May-15 19:25:55


RubieWoo Fri 22-May-15 19:26:45

gamerchick, Yes that's exactly what I mean

ShootTheMoon Fri 22-May-15 19:27:13

I am forever sorry for my lackadaisical phrasing battery. I'll remember to phrase for the pedants next time grin

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