Cellulite is a regular occurrence during pregnancy, also a common dermal condition many, if not all, women develop. It’s most likely to affect women during pregnancy as their bodies will undergo many physical changes. This isn’t any cause for concern, but I’m sure many of you mothers-to-be would like to prevent it from worsening.
Don’t worry, it’s possible to remove and reduce cellulite while pregnant. So read on as I show you how to get rid of cellulite during pregnancy!
How to Get Rid of Cellulite During Pregnancy
There are numerous causes as to why you develop cellulite during pregnancy, and it isn’t just because of your growing body. It can also be due to the following factors:
- You consume junk food and other unhealthy food cravings
- Your body retains water and bodily fluids easily
- Increased estrogen levels, weakening ligaments and muscles that stimulate more estrogen
- Other fluctuating hormones, such as insulin and prolactin, promote the appearance of cellulite deposits
- You are pregnant at an older age
Regardless of the leading cause, these are the five ways how to get rid of cellulite during pregnancy effectively:
1. Eating Healthier and Drinking More Water
You should maintain the recommended weight range your doctor advises you. This prevents you from gaining excess fat, which causes cellulite. If you are overweight, try to lose weight by increasing your intake of healthier foods.
I recommend increasing your intake of oily fish, berries, and vegetables, which prevent water retention. Add more omega-3 fatty acids to your diet and foods containing vitamins C and E, which help with overall skin health. Also, add more fiber-rich foods and lean meat, avoiding junk food high in processed chemicals, preservatives, and calories.
Besides this, watch your water intake and stay hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, which flushes out toxins to prevent further cellulite development. Green tea is also a great way to flush toxins and control weight gain.
2. Medical Treatments
You can also visit your doctor or dermatologist, who can prescribe anti-cellulite treatments. You can apply topical creams to the affected area, reducing cellulite development. Such creams can also increase blood flow, stimulating cells to remove excess fat.
However, most of these cellulite creams are made of xanthene and caffeine, which can adversely affect pregnant women. That’s why it’s best to use such treatments after pregnancy.
The same goes for any procedures, such as laser treatments, therapies, or liposuction, among other processes. It’s much better to go for natural remedies and wait for post-pregnancy to try other medical options.
3. Massage the Affected Area
Pregnancy massages are a great option to help with cellulite formation. This is because these massages are lighter and can increase lymph and blood circulation. The massage can break down fatty deposits slowly, which are also the leading cause of cellulite.
As the fat transports to the lymphatic system better, they start to heal and rebuild with better distribution, evening your skin contour. Good massages can also promote new collagen deposition, which will firm and tone your skin.
I recommend you ask your partner or hire a masseuse to massage your body twice weekly for effectiveness. You can find videos on how to perform pregnancy massages online as well!
4. Using a Pregnancy Belly Wrap
You can also support your lower body by using a pregnancy belly wrap. The weight gained during pregnancy may make the appearance of cellulite more noticeable. By doing simple exercises, you’re helping your body relieve some stress. When you’re wearing a belly wrap, you’re helping your pelvic floor and core retain their strength. A belly wrap is even more beneficial after pregnancy because it provides light compression on your body as it heals without being uncomfortable to wear.
5. Stay Active
You don’t need to run a marathon or lift heavy to live an active life. There are low-impact exercises can help control cellulite formation because of the sweat and toxins that pour out as you exercise, cleansing your skin.
One of the best exercises I recommend is prenatal yoga, which helps reduce cellulite formation. Light cardio exercises such as low-impact aerobics, walking, or light strength training can help tone your muscle tissues and burn fat, which helps keep cellulite away.
However, before you perform any workout, be sure you have consulted your doctor and are permitted to exercise.
6. Moisturize Your Body
You must also maintain a proper skin routine for your face and body while pregnant. When you moisturize your body twice a day, it helps increase its elasticity. This can help reduce the chances of your body forming cellulite.
Be sure to use the right moisturizer for your skin type and stay consistent when applying it.
If you want to know more about cellulite and pregnancy, check out this helpful video for more information:
Wrapping It Up
Bodies will change during pregnancy, and forming cellulite may be inevitable. But that doesn’t mean you can prevent it or reduce its appearance! You can enjoy clear and cellulite-free skin post-pregnancy with the proper lifestyle changes.
I hope these tips on getting rid of cellulite during pregnancy helped you out. So don’t wait any longer and begin following these tips now!