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Stretch Marks Tips

Last week, my gynae commented on how my belly was almost stretch mark-free and it brought me back to when I was carrying Khayla and received the same comment from the doctor who checked me when I was warded in Hospital Hulu Terengganu.

When I say almost, it is because it is not totally free from striae (stretch marks), but there is very very very very little (not larger than one palm, hehe), hence them being nearly not visible at all.


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Moi at 33 weeks, flared nostrils and all. Hehe.

Stretch marks are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth or rapid weight changes but it can also be influenced by hormonal changes.

According to Mayo Clinic, anyone can get stretch marks, but some factors do increase our chances of getting them, including:

  • Being female – not fair ! Hmph.
  • Having a family history of stretch marks – I texted Lene a few days ago to ask her whether she remembered arwah Mummy having any stretch marks and she said she didn’t think so. So sad that I can’t remember. :(
  • Having been pregnant, especially for younger women – check ! Although I am not too young anymore haha.
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Rapidly gaining or losing weight, as in the case of pregnancy – check !
  • Using corticosteroid medication

What do I do to prevent stretch marks ?

For my first pregnancy, I applied olive oil on my belly daily from the moment I found out I was pregnant. This time around, I have been applying virgin coconut oil instead. I guess I also have my genes to thank for the lack of stretch marks. Hehe. Thank you Allah.

Here are a few tips on how to keep stretch marks at bay:

1. Hydration
Our skin needs to be well hydrated for optimal skin elasticity. WHO recommends about 2.7L/day but if you’re pregnant or highly active, obviously you will be needing more water.
So, drink up !

2. Coconut oil
Massage coconut oil generously 2-3 times a day if you can. Coconut oil is full of saturated fatty acids which consists primarily of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), hence making it good for our bodies, whether when consumed or applied topically.

But if you do not have coconut oil, you can also use olive oil, cocoa butter or shea butter.

3. Healthy weight gain
In other words, don’t eat for two if you’re pregnant. Hehe. Balance your daily diet with exercise. As mentioned above, rapid weight gain can lead to stretch marks !

4. Vitamin C
Our body needs vitamin C for collagen production and growth and repair of tissues in all parts of our body. Vitamin C is also highly effective in reducing free radical damage (anti-oxidant properties). I take a vitamin C supplement everyday. :)

5. Zinc
Surprisingly, stretch marks can also happen as a result of zinc deficiency. This is because zinc is used in the production of collagen. Zinc is abundant in our bodies as a natural trace element.

I can’t guarantee for sure that you will not end up with stretch marks after following the tips above, but they’re definitely worth trying !

All the best ! :)


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Why Shaklee Vitamin C

Now that we know the benefits & importance of vitamin C, I am here to share with you why I choose Shaklee Vitamin C and not other brands.

Firstly, of course because it is naturally derived from corn and the molecule of the vitamin c is exactly the same as of a citrus fruit.

Secondly, taking 1 tablet of Shaklee Vitamin C is equivalent to eating 7 1/2 oranges !

shaklee vitamin cThirdly, and most importantly, Shaklee Vitamin C tablet has a sustained release formulation. Each tablet contains 500 mg and is designed to slowly release 100 mg into your body every hour over a 5 hour period. Our body cannot absorb a huge amount of vitamin c at once, so with the sustained release technology, there is no wastage or excess of vitamin c.

Clinical studies show that the vitamin c from 2 tablets of Shaklee Sustained Release Vita C stays in our blood for 24 hours !

Fourthly, the latest formulation contains and additional 120 mg of complex bioflavonoids which help improve the absorption of vitamin c and prevents oxidation.

What an amazing product ! :)

I take 2 tablets a day to help improve my immunity and skin. However, it is sufficient to take only 1 tablet a day. 1 bottle of Sustained Release Vita C contains 180 tablets, so if you only take 1 tablet a day, it will last you for 6 whole months !

Even if you take 2 tablets like I do, 1 bottle will last you 3 months.
So worth it !

Now you know why there’s no changing my mind about my favourite vitamin C brand. :)


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The Importance of Vitamin C

I am sure most of us already know the importance of vitamin C, kan ?

Well, I am here to elaborate on it anyway. Hehe.

Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of our body. It is used to form an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels, heal wounds and form scar tissue, repair and maintain cartilage, bones, and teeth.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also one of many antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients that block some of the damage caused by free radicals.

Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients that block some of the damage caused by free radicals.

  • Free radicals are made when your body breaks down food or when you are exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation.
  • The buildup of free radicals over time is largely responsible for the aging process.
  • Free radicals may play a role in cancer, heart disease, and conditions like arthritis.

For many years, vitamin C has  been a popular remedy for the common cold.

Too little vitamin C can lead to signs and symptoms of deficiency, including:

  • Anemia
  • Bleeding gums
  • Decreased ability to fight infection
  • Decreased wound-healing rate
  • Dry and splitting hair
  • Easy bruising
  • Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums)
  • Nosebleeds
  • Possible weight gain because of slowed metabolism
  • Rough, dry, scaly skin
  • Swollen and painful joints
  • Weakened tooth enamel

A severe form of vitamin C deficiency is known as scurvy, which mainly affects older, malnourished adults.

However, our body is not able to make vitamin C on its own, and it does not store vitamin C. Therefore it is important to include plenty of vitamin C-containing foods in our daily diet. (Source)

My favourite vitamin C supplement is of course Shaklee’s Sustained Release Vita C !

Shaklee Vitamin C

It is a great source of all-natural vitamin C which is delivered hour after hour using a proprietary, all-natural delivery system that slowly releases vitamin C. :)

I will write on why Shaklee’s vitamin C is the best (in my opinion lah !) soon, ok ?
Until then, stay healthy everyone ! :)


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