Striae Gravidarum: Associated Factors in Turkish Primiparae

  • Selda Pelin Kartal Durmazlar
  • Fatma Eskioğlu

J Turk Acad Dermatol 2009;3(4):0-0


Studies investigating the associations of stria gravidarum (SG) are few in number with controversial results.


This study evaluated the risk factors associated with SG in 191 Turkish primiparae whose genetic background might be different from previous reports.

Material and Methods:

The data was collected via questionnaire and physical examination. The dependent variables in this study group were the presence and absence of striae and the severity of striae which was evaluated by Davey’s score. The possible predictor 8 variables evaluated were maternal age, maternal weight gain, neonatal weight, personal history of striae, family history of SG, skin type, maternal height and the use of a topical emollient for the prevention of striae. To determine the possible risk factors for the development of SG, a forward stepwise logistic regression analysis was used.


Of the 8 variables investigated, 3 variables; family history, maternal weight gain and maternal age were found to be significantly associated with SG.


It appears that the group at higher risk of developing striae is younger women with maternal obesity who have a positive family history of SG. Use of a topical emollient for the prevention of stretch marks does not appear to reduce the likelihood of developing SG.

Keywords: primiparae, pregnancy, striae gravidarum