|Stretch marks are common in pregnancy.|
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- Gender: female
- Family history of stretch marks
- Being overweight or obese
- Rapidly gaining or losing weight
- Using corticosteroid medicines
- Certain medical conditions, such as adrenal gland disorders
- Blood tests for cortisol levels
- Imaging studies
- Age of stretch marks
- Convenience of treatment—may require multiple sessions
- Cost—usually not covered by medical insurance
- Your expectations
American Academy of Dermatology http://aad.org
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca
Elsaie ML, Baumann LS, Elsaaiee LT. Striae distensae (stretch marks) and different modalities of therapy: an update. Dermatol Surg. 2009;35(4):563-73.
Changes in your body during pregnancy: second trimester. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/pregnancy-newborns/your-body/changes-in-your-body-during-pregnancy-second-trimester.html . Updated February 2011. Accessed September 19, 2013.
Common symptoms, signs and laboratory changes in pregnancy. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated January 23, 2013. Accessed September 19, 2013.
Mom and baby skin care. American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/prevention-and-care/mom-and-baby-skin-care . Accessed September 19, 2013.
Stretch marks (striae). New Zealand Dermatological Society DermNet NZ website. Available at: http://www.dermnetnz.org/dermal-infiltrative/striae.html . Updated June 8, 2013. Accessed September 19, 2013.
Treatments of discomforts of pregnancy. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated August 13, 2013. Accessed September 19, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 09/30/2013