It’s one of those things that can divide women at all stages in life. Some women are prone to getting stretch marks whilst others don’t get a single one. Some women do all they can to avoid them, reduce them and even eliminate them whilst others are more than happy to take whatever comes.
When it comes to pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through massive changes and this can be the trigger for the first appearance of stretch marks. On the lookout for creams and lotions to help minimise them, some women turn to the maternity belt, or support belt as a way to reduce stretch marks.
Will wearing a belly belt reduce stretch marks?
There is no known evidence to suggest that wearing a maternity belt will eliminate or minimise the appearance or onset of stretch marks however it is thought to significantly help. How? Simply because wearing a belly brace helps support the tummy and therefore helps to prevent it from sagging. The sagging or stretching of the skin can cause stretch marks to appear.
A maternity belt offers many benefits so if you are looking to purchase one to help provide you the added support you need, it could very well help to minimise your stretch marks too. Sounds like it could be an added bonus!
What are stretch marks and what do they look like?
Stretch marks don’t all look alike. They vary depending on how long you’ve had them, what caused them, where they are on your body, and the type of skin you have. Common variations include:
- Indented streaks or lines in the skin
- Pink, red, black, blue or purple streaks
- Bright streaks that fade to a lighter color
- Streaks on the abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks or thighs
- Streaks covering large areas of the body
Stretch marks seem to be caused by a stretching of the skin and commonly appear during or after pregnancy or after a sudden change in your weight. They also tend to occur in adolescents who are rapidly growing. Stretch marks aren’t dangerous, and they often disappear over time.
What you can do to help treat stretch marks
There are many products and procedures that promise to remove stretch marks, but there aren’t any that have proven completely effective so far. Moisturizing your skin may help to relieve the itchiness of stretch marks. Applying self-tanning lotion to your stretch marks is a temporary way to minimize the difference in color between your normal skin and your stretch marks. And as for wearing a belly support belt, well it can’t hurt so I say why not!