Stretch marks, or striae gravidarum, are lines that appear on the
skin as slightly indented pink, red, or white streaks. They develop from the
growth of underlying tissue and most often develop on the abdomen. They may also
develop on the breasts and thighs.
Stretch marks may appear any time a person gains a substantial
amount of weight. Almost all women get stretch marks during pregnancy.
Creams and oils do not prevent stretch marks. Although stretch
marks never go away, they fade and become less obvious over time.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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