Stretch marks hard to prevent

US researchers also gave olive oil the thumbs down for lack of evidence in preventing or reducing the severity of striae gravidarum.

Reliable methods for preventing stretch marks were scarce, the researchers said, noting “available topical modalities generally lack strong evidence from rigorous, well designed, randomised controlled trials with ample numbers of subjects”.

Up to 90% of women will be affected by stretch marks developed during pregnancy, and while not medically dangerous, the changes can cause emotional and psychological distress, they said.

All is not lost though. Bitter