Mums say Stretch Marks top list of post-pregnancy worries
11 December 2013According to a new survey, women's biggest worry after giving birth is how Stretch Marks might alter their looks. Nearly nine out of 10 new and expectant mums questioned in the Indian poll said they worried about how they looked during their pregnancy, while 90 per cent of those who participated in the survey cited Stretch Marks as their main concern regarding their looks. But the survey also uncovered widespread misconceptions about Stretch Marks, with three-quarters of those questioned believing they only appeared on the tummy. "It is common to develop Stretch Marks on the breasts, thighs, hips, lower back and buttocks [anywhere] where larger amounts of fats are stored in the body," countered gynaecologist Dr Kiran Coelho. He recommends keeping hydrated, both inside and out, and eating a diet rich in vitamin E, such as nuts, citrus fruits and peppers. One of the most advanced non-surgical treatments available for reducing the appearance of Stretch Marks is Fractional Laser Therapy, which has been licensed for use by the American Food and Drug Administration, can achieve a visible improvement after a course of four treatments.