Stretch marks are a very common occurrence during pregnancy. They are small, depressed marks in the skin that take the form of streaks. They often appear on the belly, as that is the area of the body that expands tremendously in the final months of pregnancy, and the skin isn’t elastic enough to handle the changes. Stretch marks can happen in other areas too, such as the buttocks, breasts, thighs, and hips.
Stretch marks can be a variety of colors, from light pink to a deep purple or dark brown. The visibility of stretch marks depends a great deal on your skin color. Stretch marks will fade over time, but they never fully disappear. Sometimes using creams can help prevent them from becoming worse, or may help them fade away faster.