The quickest way to answer this question is to inform you that there is no true way of preventing stretch marks. Therefore, we advise you to tread carefully if you see any companies selling products that are guaranteed to prevent stretch marks because no such product exists. You can rub as many expensive oils and lotions as you want on your skin but nothing is 100% guarantee to work. On the plus side, there are a host of things you can do to decrease the chances of being affected by stretch marks.

Stay At A Healthy Weight

This should be common sense but gaining weight fast is an easy way to get stretch marks and is actually one of the most frequent causes. You should steer clear of ‘yo-yo’ diets and the rapid loss and gain of weight. When you put your body through this, your skin becomes stretched by the sudden increase and decrease in weight. A healthy and balanced diet along with regular exercise is the best way to keep your weight down. Try not to lose more than 1-1.5 pounds per week. Above all, NEVER use BMI as an indicator of your ideal weight. This rather simplistic formula doesn’t take into account a host of factors. Your level of body fat is a much better indicator.


You should massage your skin with moisturizer every single day in order to improve circulation and encourage the growth of new tissue. A balanced diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E is an essential element of keeping your skin healthy. Minerals such as zinc and silicon should also be included in your diet.

During Pregnancy

Putting on a large amount of weight in a short space of time is common in pregnancy. What you need to do is cast aside the notion that you must eat for two. Hormonal changes affect the skin during pregnancy and can cause stretch marks but you can keep your weight at a healthy level and reduce the impact. You really don’t need to eat more than 2,500 calories during pregnancy which is around 25% more than what the recommended daily allowance for women is. Fruit, vegetables and healthy carbs such as brown bread and brown rice should be staples of your diet along with lean sources of protein such as tuna and chicken.

If you are dedicated, it is possible to put on only a relatively small amount of weight during your pregnancy while still having a beautiful healthy child. In fact, you can limit weight gain to just 4-5 pounds during your first trimester. Keeping your weight at a reasonable level should reduce the appearance of stretch marks. There are also a number of creams that can lighten the color of stretch marks during pregnancy. However, some of these creams may not be suitable for pregnant women so you need to consult with a licensed physician before taking any stretch mark cream.