Stretch marks in pregnancy; chill out and accept them - they're genetic!

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Stretch marks are when the middle layer of skin (dermis) is stretched over time, leaving the characteristic narrow thin pink lines. Two studies found that two leading brands who claimed they reduced stretch marks showed that they had little to no effect on the stretch marks! Whether you will develop stretch marks or not, depends on your skin type and how elastic it is - - so don't waste money on expensive creams, and instead treat yourself to a manicure for the photos when you're baby has arrived! It's a good idea to use a moisturiser though to help reduce the itchiness that accompanies an expanding abdomen during pregnancy.

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