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Stretch Marks

The epidermis (outer layer), the dermis (middle layer) and the subcutaneous stratum (innermost layer) make up the three layers of skin.

Stretch marks occur in the resilient middle layer that helps the skin retain its shape or the dermis.

The skin becomes less elastic and the small connective fibers within it break when the dermis is constantly stretched over time. The result is what we know as stretch marks.

For most girls and boys, stretch marks are a normal part of puberty. When a person grows or gains weight really quickly, like during puberty, that person may get fine lines on the body called stretch marks.

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Pregnancy Complaints

Typically, morning sickness begins about the same time the placenta begins serious production of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a special pregnancy hormone around week six of pregnancy. In most women, symptoms peak during week eight or nine and wane after week 13.

The good news is that morning sickness seems to be a sign that the pregnancy is going well. A National Institute of Child Health and Human Development study of 9,098 pregnant women found that women were less likely to miscarry or deliver prematurely if they vomited during their first trimester.

What worked for your sister, your best friend, and the women down the street may not do it for you. There are as many remedies as there are women. Before you find one right you may have to try a couple of strategies.

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