The nice thing about boob stretch marks is that, when your breasts go back to normal, the stretch marks are almost non-existant. I didn't even realize my mother had breast stretch marks until she started tanning topless....I remember asking her as a kid, what are those white tiger stripes?
Does that qualify as too much information?
Anyway, I got a few on my breasts last time and they're very faded now. The ones on my tummy, however, look like burn scars.....OY!
....some people say that rubbing oils into your skin (esp. almond and apricot oil, I think) helps. Dr. Sears says it's all genetics, but having extra protein in your diet (vitamin E, too?) can help minimize the number you get. Post-pregnancy, there are A LOT of stretch mark creams (most of the pricey) that can help.
It's worth it Honestly, I had a TON with DD (from engorgement, not the pregnancy) and I can't even tell I have them, I had to point them out to DH after we got married, he had never noticed them when we were dating
Now the tummy ones on the other hand.... if the bub could gain use from my old ones, that would be GREAT, I really don't want any new ones!
Dawn, mama to D (3.06) & N (9.07) C (11.09) & Still-in-shock surprise due in Aug!
remember, you get your dad's genetic predisposition, too. My mother didn't have a single stretch mark on her stomach, but my stomach looks like a scene out of a horror movie (twins carried to 40 weeks....oy!). Looks like I got my stretchmark predisposition from my dad's side.
I know my case doesn't inspire much hope, but it does give evidence that stretch marks aren't all a mom-to-mom thing..... maybe you'll get lucky and just have breast marks!