Stretch Marks A Reason for Belly Laughs

The first time you hold your brand new son or daughter, you are finally able to answer that over-riding question:‚ Was it worth all those stretch marks?‚ And the answer is a resounding YES!‚ But what if you could have that delightful bundle of joy and NOT those stretch marks?‚ Read on.

Remember that taut little teenaged tummy you had?‚ How you took pride in its petiteness?‚ Just how far did you think that tiny tummy would stretch?‚ What causes stretch marks?‚ What are they?

According to Wikipedia, stretch marks or,‚ “Striae” is also a general term referring to thin, narrow grooves or channels, or a thin line or band especially if several of them are parallel or close together.‚ ‚ ‚

Stretch marks or striae, as they are called in dermatology, are a form of scarring on the skin with a silvery white hue. They are caused by tearing of the dermis, and over time can diminish but not disappear completely. Stretch marks are the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth (common in puberty) or weight gain (e.g. pregnancy). Although the skin is fairly elastic, rapid stretching of the skin will leave permanent stretch marks.‚ Stretch marks are generally associated with pregnancy, obesity, and can develop during rapid muscle growth from regular exercise.‚

¢‚¬Å“They first appear as reddish or purple lines, but tend to gradually fade to a lighter color. The affected areas appear empty and soft to the touch.

¢‚¬Å“Human skin has three different layers: the epidermis (outer layer), the dermis (middle layer), and the subcutaneous stratum (innermost layer). Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the resilient middle layer that helps the skin retain its shape. No stretch marks will form as long as there is support within the dermis. Stretching plays more of a role in where the marks occur and in what direction they run. Stretching alone is not the cause.

¢‚¬Å“Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body, but are most likely to appear in places where larger amounts of fat are stored. Most common places are the abdomen (especially near the belly-button), breasts, upper arms, underarms, thighs (both inner and outer), hips, and buttocks. They pose no health risk in and of themselves, and do not compromise the body’s ability to function normally and repair itself.

Between 75% and 90% of women develop stretch marks to some degree during pregnancy. The sustained hormonal levels as a result of pregnancy usually means stretch marks may appear during the sixth or seventh month.¢‚¬

So, the good news is these stretch marks are harmless, albeit a bit ugly.‚ ‚ They won hurt you and almost every woman gets them during pregnancy.‚ But what if you could minimize your risk or prevent them altogether?‚ Healing Leaf LLC has developed a product that nurtures pregnant tummies with rich oils and helps to prevent damage from that expanding belly.‚ It is called Belly Lube‚® and its rich oils and vitamins help skin stretch without tearing the dermis.‚ Belly Lube‚® can be your best friend during pregnancy.‚ Try it.‚ When bikini time returns, you¢‚¬„¢ll be glad you did.

Beverly Vines-Haines is the Marketing, Research and Text Coordinator for Healing Leaf LLC.‚ This is a company that tackles the toughest skin and nail conditions known to man.‚ A best-selling author for years before she became a part of Healing Leaf LLC, she is dedicated to natural healing and creating pure products that are both safe and earth friendly. To learn more about these effective products, visit


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