Pregnancy Health: Dealing With Stretchmarks

Dealing with Stretch Marks is the fourth  part in our five-part blog series on pregnancy health. Visit the Adoption STAR website for more in depth information on dealing with stretch marks.

Your stretch marks will usually appear on the abdomen, breasts, thighs, hips or buttocks. They are caused by the stretching and weakening of elastic tissues, most commonly during pregnancy.

At least half of pregnant women will have stretch marks, and there is research to prove that genetics plays a role in if you have them during your pregnancy. You are more likely to have stretch marks during your pregnancy if your mother and sister had them.

One way to help reduce the chances of stretch marks during pregnancy is to gain only the recommended weight, and to gain it slowly.

If you have questions about stretch marks during pregnancy, contact your primary healthcare provider. Adoption STAR provides information as well as counseling and support throughout your adoption journey. If you would like more information on making an adoption plan please contact our birth parent specialist at