By CJ’s Fitbumps
Stretch marks can occur during pregnancy and mummas often refer to them as their battle scars of pregnancy.
They typically appear as parallel lines on the skin and appear visibly different to the texture and colour of your normal skin. Sometimes when you run your finger over them you can feel a slight indentation or raised area and can appear anywhere yet in pregnancy they are most commonly found on your stomach, breasts, hips and thighs.
They occur when the skin is stretched quickly during a rapid growth spurt and whilst the skin is usually fairly elastic, there is a disruption to the normal collagen production when skin is overstretched quickly.
Sometimes they can first show up as reddish or purplish with a slightly different texture from the surrounding skin and fortunately, stretch marks often turn lighter, whitish or flesh coloured, and almost disappear over time.
How to heal stretch makes naturally
The essential vitamins for preventing stretch mark are A, C, E and B, combined with an adequate intake Zinc to ensure healthy skin and collagen production.
Vitamin A is essential for healthy skin so make sure you eat plenty of:
– Sweet Potatoes and pumpkin
– Dark Green Leafy Vegetables: Broccoli, Spinach and Kale
Vitamin E is naturally found in:
– Cold-Pressed Oils: Avocado, Grape Seed and Virgin Olive Oil
– Wheat Germ
B Vitamin Group:
– Whole Grains
– Nuts: Hazelnuts and almonds
– Green Leafy Vegetables
Zinc can be found in:
– Pumpkin Seeds
– Sunflower Seeds
– Soy Beans
In terms of Vitamin C, citrus fruits are loaded with this nutrient, as well as:
– Green Peppers
Author CJ’s Fitbumps – CJ is a pre and postnatal holistic health coach, group exercise instructor, personal trainer, nutrition expert and author of The Winning Physique. She provides specialist pre and post natal fitness classes and coaching at Riverside Ice and Leisure as well as offers one to one personalised health coaching programs lifestyle consultations and personal training. Find me at www.cjsfitbumps.com, email me via [email protected] or call me 07557683770.