Yes you can! Adequate hydration, topical oils massaged into the skin as well as getting the right nutrients to support skin elasticity and collagen production are key.
The earlier you begin supporting the nutrients that prevent scars and stretch marks developing the better your chances are at avoiding them altogether, or at least drastically reducing the severity of them. In order to avoid the skin marking or scarring as it’s stretches to compensate for your growing body, you need to support skin elasticity and collagen production.
The key players here when it comes to nutrients are zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E, omega-3 essential fatty acids and a key component of quality protein – collagen itself! If your protein intake is not sufficient for your daily needs, your collagen intake will be inadequate, and your skin will be more vulnerable to tearing and stretch marks. Include good quality protein daily in your diet such as free-range chicken, grass-fed red meat, white fish, organic eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes and organic dairy too if you tolerate it.
In supplement form, the doses of nutrients such as vitamin C, E, zinc and omega-3’s used to efficiently prevent stretch marks and scarring varies woman to woman and is dependent on her dietary intake first and foremost, along with her unique health needs. So please check in with your healthcare provider and avoid self-prescribing without professional advice.
Nourishing your skin from the outside with a pregnancy-safe oil will also help to keep the skin hydrated and soft and reduce any itchiness commonplace when the skin is stretching. Coconut oil or a rosehip oil are great options, or there are plenty of beautiful pregnancy tummy oils available to purchase – a favourite of mine is the Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil and is great for tummies, breasts, thighs and butts! If using an oil on the skin during breast-feeding, make sure there is no residue of the oil on your nipple or breast before feeding baby.