There's no way to prevent stretch marks, even if you rub plenty of creams, oils and lotions on your skin. The best way to reduce the likelihood of getting stretch marks is to maintain a healthy weight. During pregnancy, you'll gain weight over a relatively brief period. Work with your doctor to avoid excessive weight gain — not just to minimize stretch marks, but to provide good health to you and your baby — by eating well and exercising.

Jan. 10, 2013