The bad news: there is very little evidence that any of the stretch mark creams and tonics on the market actually work. Read more about week 13.
Many women fear stretch marks so much that they spend a huge amount of money on creams and treatments that claim to prevent them or eradicate them after they’ve shown up. Unfortunately, there are no good studies that prove that these work. Stretch marks tend to be genetic. That, in combination with excessive weight gain, can make them more likely. Remember, though, that stretch marks are not life-threatening. While you may not love how they look, once you are holding your baby in your arms, you might just come around to thinking they were worth it!
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Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, September 2020