Your Postpartum Body
What's happening the first six weeks after the last nine months
You can blame your mother for these! Doctors say there’s a hereditary component, meaning if your mother has stretch marks, you’re likely to get them. At least half of all women get stretch marks on their abdomen, breasts and/or hips. As the name suggests, they’re caused by a stretching of the connective tissue. “All of the fancy creams are not going to penetrate deep enough. Nothing’s really been shown to be effective in preventing them,” says Dr. Carolyn Cline, who works with Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals OB/GYN Associates, PC. She adds, “If you’re going to get them, you’re going to get them.” They gradually fade to a silvery color after appearing red or purple during pregnancy.
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