Skip to Content
Stretch marks, or striae gravidarum, are lines that appear on the
skin as slightly indented pink, red, or white streaks. They develop from the
growth of underlying tissue and most often develop on the abdomen. They may also
develop on the breasts and thighs.
Stretch marks may appear any time a person gains a substantial
amount of weight. Almost all women get stretch marks during pregnancy.
Creams and oils do not prevent stretch marks. Although stretch
marks never go away, they fade and become less obvious over time.
Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
© Copyright 2017 Rush-Copley Medical Center • 2000 Ogden Avenue; Aurora, IL 60504
Main: 630-978-6200 • Physician Referral & Information: 630-978-6700 or 866-4COPLEY (866-426-7539)