Innumerable women complain about their fight with cellulite only after their first pregnancy. During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through several changes. One of them being cellulite deposition. Bad news for all you would be mothers is that your body is doing everything to create a situation that aids in cellulite appearance. Surprisingly anything that’s good for your baby is also considered good for cellulite. But, there is a good news too – cellulite is reversible post pregnancy.
DOES PREGNANCY CAUSE CELLULITE
1. HORMONAL SHIFTS:
Your body is preparing to give birth to a new life. It raises level of hormonal activity, triggering a series of a cascade of hormonal up-down (estrogen, relaxing, progesterone). Estrogen induces body to accumulate fat.
2. WATER RETENTION:
During pregnancy, body tries to store fluids and excess fat in cases of starvation or severe bleeding. This pushes appearance of cellulite.
3. LOOSENING OF CONNECTIVE TISSUES (FASCIA, LIGAMENTS, SKIN):
To accommodate the new baby with extra volume in tummy zone connective tissue loosens itself. Also in places of fat storage zone of the thighs & buttocks for an effortless delivery.
4. LOW MUSCLE DENSITY:
Over the phase of pregnancy muscles become soft and relaxed, losing its firmness and tone. Skin above gets less support below them. Areas around hips, thighs, stomach start showing sags and skin puckers. Resulting in cellulite appearance.
5. POOR DIET AND LACK OF EXERCISE:
Junk food, low fiber diet will allow deposition of fats. Stretch marks caused by cellulite can be reversed by light weight lifting, Yoga class, free hands. Include more fruits and increased water intake. Lack of exercise will loosen firmness of your muscles.
TIPS TO GET RID OF CELLULITE WHILE PREGNANT
1. INCORPORATE FRUITS AND VEGGIES:
Vegetables and fruits are high in minerals, vitamins, fiber, water content, and antioxidants. Fruits contain cellulose that plays a key role in ‘healthy skin’ and ‘cell structure’. Vegetables like lettuce, cabbage, etc, has nutrients and fiber. Oily fish, Berry fruits, etc, helps to prevent water retention.
2. FITNESS FOLLOWED BY PREGNANCY:
If you are fit while you get pregnant, It may help you lead a wholesome, slim, fit and natural lifestyle. Exercising will get a lot easier and not a burden. Due to your fitness regime, you want to crave for junk food and excessive eating.
3. SHUN FOOD CONTRIBUTING CELLULITE:
Avoid food that contributes to your cellulite. Cut fried or junk foods, sausages, cheeses, confectionery products high in calories, marinades, etc, from your food list. Swap to lean meat from party meet and skinless poultry. Chop-off foods with dyes and artificial flavoring.
4. PRACTICE PROPER SLEEP:
An improper schedule of sleep may drop metabolic rate, boosts Cortisol production. This may favor stress and cellulite. If you skip healthy sleep pattern of minimum 6 hours, you are likely to develop cellulite over thighs, buttocks, waistline, and abs.
5. PREGNANCY MASSAGE:
A ‘lymphatic drainage massage’ or ‘cellulite massage’ are massages that may rise lymph and blood circulation. Increased circulation will help reduce cellulite, restoring a healthy and youthful aspect of your skin. As an added advantage, massage helps you have a good sleep in pregnancy.
Exercise regularly to tighten your skin. Light cardiovascular exercises like uphill walking or aerobics with low impact will not only reduce risk of cellulite but also eases your delivery. Lightweight hand training can tone lower and upper body. You can also go for some prenatal yoga.
7. QUIT SMOKING:
Smoking is poison especially for pregnant women. Smoke when inhaled decrease blood flow. It weakens formation of collagen which loosens strength of connective tissues which stretches it. Resulting in puckering of fat cells on the skin increasing cellulite appearance.
While pregnant keep yourself hydrated. Drink minimum 1.5 liters of water. Poor hydration will stop your body is efficiency of excreting body wastes and excess fat. Alleviating deposition of subcutaneous fat.
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