- In This Feature
- Know What to Expect
- Lochia: When Will I Stop Bleeding?
- The Linea Nigra: When Will That Line On My Belly Disappear?
- Stretch Marks: When Will They Go Away?
- Postpartum Alopecia: Why Is My Hair Falling Out?
- Sleep Deprivation: Why Can't I Think Straight?
- Skin Changes: Why Do I Have Pimples?
- Engorgement: How Do I Get My Breasts to Calm Down?
- Soft Breasts: Where Did All My Milk Go?
- Stress Incontinence: Why Am I Dribbling?
- Sweating: Why Am I Soaking the Sheets Each Night?
- Surviving: Hang In There!
Stretch Marks: When Will They Go Away?
The good news is that unlike the linea nigra, it is possible to get rid of stretch marks. The bad news is that it takes a doctor, a surgical procedure, and a bit of money to do it. On the positive side, marks that initially appear red or purplish often fade to light silver of flesh tone and are barely noticeable. Don't fall for creams or other products that claim they can erase stretch marks; only weight loss and time will help them fade.
And on the topic of stretching and bellies, don't freak out when you first check on your tummy after delivery and find a wiggly, jiggly midsection. Your belly expanded quite a bit to accommodate your growing baby, but things will get better (and firmer) with time. Doing sit-ups and crunches in your recovery room is not necessary!