The battle scars of pregnancy: can they be prevented?

Pract Midwife. 2012 May;15(5):17-8.


I have feared developing stretch marks since my first pregnancy. Getting to grips with my changing shape was a big challenge, but I was safe in the knowledge that post-pregnancy I could work towards losing the weight. But stretch marks are permanent, and to me-disfiguring. I researched how stretch marks can be prevented and after finding little evidence for a particular cream or lotion: I scanned forums and asked friends what worked for them. Many people claimed that by keeping skin hydrated and supple, the dreaded stretch marks can be kept at bay or at least to a minimum. So I opted for regularly massaging oil across vulnerable areas and maintaining a balanced diet, including drinking lots of water. I was lucky the first time round; time will tell if my skincare routine will work for my second pregnancy.

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Cutaneous
  • Cicatrix, Hypertrophic / etiology
  • Cicatrix, Hypertrophic / nursing
  • Cicatrix, Hypertrophic / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Keratolytic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Midwifery / methods*
  • Nurse's Role
  • Postnatal Care / methods*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Women's Health*


  • Keratolytic Agents