Stretch Marks: Why Do We Get Them?

| Women's Health

Stretch marks: you have to love them. They're like tattoos that you don't have to pay for because they just pop up on your skin. Stretch marks are hollow streaks that can be found on your thighs, breasts, stomach, arms and butt. These streaks like to show off their colors, considering the fact that they can be red, pink, white, purple or grey. Crazy, right? The real question is why do some women get them? Here are some of the reasons: (via Mayo Clinic)

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Pregnancy: During this time, your skin expands beyond its capacity because of the rapid weight gain you experience during your pregnancy. Carrying a big bun or multiple buns in the oven can also contribute to stretch marks. Pregnant women get the majority of them on their growing stomach. (via BabyCenter)

Obesity: The term "obese" refers to people who carry more weight than is considered healthy for their height or age. Stretch marks are common in women who are obese because the skin expands so it can keep up with the extra weight, tearing your second layer of collagen. Your skin is your body's biggest organ so it definitely puts in the work. (via Consumer Health Digest)

Minimal weight gain: You don't have to be obese to get stretch marks. A person who is at a healthy weight can experience this, too. Most women gain a little more weight in certain parts of their bodies. Your friend may have more stretch marks on certain areas of her body than you do. At the end of the day, we are only human.

Lifting weights: Women who like to pump it up at the gym get stretch marks too. You probably have a ton of question marks popping up in your head, but don't worry. When you lift weights, you gain more muscle that can cause your skin to stretch so it can keep up with the rapid muscle gain.


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Lack of water: We all know water isn't the most enjoyable thing to drink, but you need it to keep yourself hydrated. Just drinking eight ounces a each day helps get your blood circulation in top-notch shape so you can make more collagen in your skin. The more collagen you have, the less chance you have of developing stretch marks. (via Stretch Marks)

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Remember, don't be too hard on yourself when it comes to having stretch marks. No one is looking at you saying, "Oh. My. God. Becky, look at her stretch marks." Eventually, they go away, but in the meantime you could jazz up the name by calling them "beauty marks."