Exercising, eating a vitamin-rich diet, and keeping skin elastic with topical creams and oils are the three most effective ways to prevent or minimize pregnancy stretch marks. These methods enable the skin to stretch as the body expands.
Exercise aids in good circulation and preventing quick weight gain and varicose veins. In addition to daily prenatal vitamins, foods high in vitamins C and E, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, silica and zinc are recommended. Exercising and eating properly help to keep your skin supple, but a topical moisturizer is also necessary to keep the stretch marks away. Many moisturizing products on the market are specifically made for pregnant women.