What do I do if I get stretch marks during week 22 of pregnancy?

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Stretch marks happen because your skin expands during your pregnancy, and sometimes the tissues that lie underneath the skin tear. You can help prevent stretch marks by managing your weight during pregnancy, as gaining excessive weight increases your risk for stretch marks. Otherwise, there is nothing you can do to prevent or eliminate them. Often, stretch marks are hereditary; some women get them while others won't. While they may fade over time after your pregnancy, they may not go away completely. Women should not feel embarrassed about stretch marks, as they are evidence of motherhood and should be a source of pride.

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