6 Unexpected Places to Find Stretch Marks in Pregnancy

 The thought of stretch marks occurs to many pregnant women. In fact, most women expect pregnancy to bring stretch marks. The red valleys that travel along the belly, well, they are the source of many poems, and tears.

Whether or not you get stretch marks depends largely on your family history.

If your mother and/or sisters had stretch marks, you're likely to have them as well. Other factors do play a part as well, for example:

  • skin elasticity
  • rate of weight gain
  • amount of weight gain
  • nutrition
  • hydration
  • some use of products (more for the health of skin)

The other side of the issue is that sometimes stretch marks defy the norm. Sometimes you can get stretch marks in unexpected places. Take a tour of some of the locations that stretch marks might creep up.


Stretch Marks on Your Hips

Midsection Of Woman With Stretch Marks On Abdomen
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It should come as no surprise that if you expand in a location that you are eligible for stretch marks. This makes your hips a prime target in pregnancy. As your pelvis fills with the baby and you gain a bit of weight, you may notice some faint stretch marks beginning on your hips. Sometimes, you may notice that these start on your hips and move to your hips in one big line. Other times, you will notice that these are two distinct areas of stretch mark. Having stretch marks on the sides is not something to worry too much about, these tend to be lighter. If they itch, make your own bars!


Your Breasts Can Have Stretch Marks

Stretch marks occur in various places. Since your breasts tend to see dramatic growth in pregnancy, you may notice that you have some faint silvery lines at the base of your breast. Sometimes they go all the way around and sometimes it's just at the bottom or on the sides. Remember, not everyone gets stretch marks everywhere. You can have breast growth and not get stretch marks, or you may have gotten breast stretch marks in puberty.


Stretch Marks on Legs During Pregnancy

It is possible to get stretch marks on legs during pregnancy. The inside of your thigh is a place where you might get a few stretch marks. This is an area that some women gain weight in rather easily. If you are someone who tends to add weight there, then stretch marks are also a possibility.

You might also notice some on your legs. Near the knee is one common place. You can find them on the back side of the leg more frequently.


Stretch Marks on Your Upper Arms

The inside of your upper arm, closest to your breasts, is a location that you might find stretch marks in. You may have noticed these in puberty or they may show up in pregnancy. The vast majority are hard to see, though when they are brand new they may be most noticeable. Even slight sleeves tend to cover the area of these stretch marks.


Stretch Marks on Your Back

You don't see your back that often. And when I had my first baby, it never occurred to me that I'd get stretch marks there. I was actually sitting and talking to another mother who was telling me about all the places she found stretch marks and as I was telling her that I certainly didn't have any on my back, my hand brushed the tell tale marks of stretched skin.

Stretch marks on the back tend to be low, across the top of your bottom, just below where your waist would be. Sometimes you will only notice them on the little fat pad over your bottom.


Stretch Marks Under Your Pubic Hair

Under your pubic hair is called the mons pubis. When you're pregnant, you can't even see this tiny mound of flesh. In fact, most moms only notice if they have been shaved for a c-section. Though stretch marks can stretch from the pregnant abdomen all the way to and through the pubic hair. It is also possible to have them start here and move to the inner thigh. Needless to say, these are easy to cover up!

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Additional Reading
  • Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. Gaskin, IM. Bantam; 1 edition.