stretch marksAs if turning our bodies over to house a growing human for nine months isn't taxing enough on our figures, many of us fall victim to the unsightly phenomenon of stretch marks, which kill our hopes and dreams of ever wearing a two-piece bathing suit again.

Seriously, it's so unfair. Even if you work your butt off in the gym and lose every single last ounce of baby weight, you're still left with zebra stripes all up and down your belly -- putting the "mom" stamp on you for the rest of your life.

But there is some good news. While you may never get rid of your stretch marks completely, there are a few things you can try to at least reduce their appearance and make them less noticeable. And if you try some of these methods during your pregnancy as opposed to waiting until you deliver, you'll be one step ahead of the game.

Check out the photos below to see seven natural treatments for stretch marks that just might work.

 

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