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What are stretch marks?

By Zaira Salvador B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 03/30/2022

Stretch marks are lines that appear on certain parts of the body as a result of an abrupt stretching of the skin, which breaks the collagen and elastin fibers. They are usually located on the abdomen, hips, breasts, thighs, or buttocks.

Dry skin and a poor diet favor their appearance, as well as an excess of hormones. Some studies also indicate that they have a hereditary component.

During pregnancy, it is advisable to hydrate the skin well, drink plenty of water and take care of your diet to prevent stretch marks. Moderate physical exercise and massaging the affected areas can also help.

Read the full article on: 13th week of pregnancy: end of first trimester ( 66).
 Zaira Salvador
Zaira Salvador
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) License: 3185-CV.