If you develop red, pink, or brown streaks on your belly and breasts during pregnancy, you're not alone. Almost all pregnant women get stretch marks on their breasts, abdomen, butt, or thighs by the second half of pregnancy. Stretch marks develop when your skin stretches quickly to support your growing baby. This can cause tears in the tissue just below your skin. You can't really prevent stretch marks or make them go away. Most will fade slowly to less noticeable silver or white marks after your baby is born.
Call Doctor If:
You want to use an over-the-counter cream, lotion, or oil to prevent or reduce stretch marks. None are proven to work, and they may not be safe during pregnancy.
- Use a moisturizer to keep your skin soft and reduce itchiness.
- Apply a sunless tanning lotion to hide the marks if they bother you.