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Pregnancy is one of the key causes of stretch marks in women, with over 80% of women having some kind of stretch mark. It’s easy to see why when you consider the causes of stretch marks.

Stretch marks or striae are caused by the fast growth of your body where the skin’s elasticity is put under too much strain. Your skin, despite being incredibly durable, is unable to grow fast enough to keep up and the stretching exposes blood vessels which are damaged by the strain and leave indented streaks in your skin.

skin can be pulled during the c-section procedureDuring pregnancy your body goes through dramatic changes in a very short space of time, so the majority of women end up with these marks. Whether or not you are affected can be partly due to genetics or how healthy your skin is, so there are a number of creams, oils and supplements available to help reduce stretch marks.

For pregnant women stretch marks can occur right up until birth, including the birthing but a lot of people assume that when you have a C section there is are no more stretch marks. This isn’t always the case.

C-Sections and Stretch Marks

A caesarean section is where an incision is made into the abdomen and uterus to remove the baby because of complications with the traditional birthing. This operation results in major scarring and can also lead to excess skin flaps.

The operation can also cause extra stretch marks on the stomach as the skin is pulled out of the way during the procedure. A lot of the time these stretch marks don’t appear until weeks after pregnancy and can be fairly painful.

These painful marks will start off red but should reduce within a few months until they are more white/ silver.

So will I get stretch marks with my C section?

For the majority of people no, your body has undergone most of the changes It will and if you haven’t had any stretch marks you’re likely to be unaffected. Just bear in mind that any sudden change for your skin can result in these marks, as your body adjusts to the new dynamics.

Stretch marks can be painful and difficult to deal with, especially alongside a caesarian scar. There are a number of creams, oils and treatments available to help soothe the skin and reduce stretch marks. Consider an aloe vera treatments or coconut oil to help soften the skin and keep it healthy.

Speak to your dermatologist or doctor about any irregularities and about treatments. After you’ve recovered from giving birth there may be treatments available to help reduce these stretch marks.