If you are pregnant or going to become pregnant, first of all, congratulations to you and your family! You’re going to be a mother, and you’ll soon be going through one of life’s many wonders. This will be an amazing experience. But with that being said, your body is certainly going to change in many ways that you never knew possible! Of course, all of this is very natural, but it doesn’t mean that you have to take it lying down.
If cellulite is not something that you want to deal with, just say so! Many other mothers have, and they have taken the appropriate steps necessary to stop cellulite from forming during cellulite or deal with it and diminish it if it does show up. Start by looking over your body. Do you have cellulite now? If you do, you can only expect more, so start following the steps below now! But first, let’s talk about cellulite and why it happens to pregnant women so often.
Why do pregnant mothers get cellulite?
There are a number of reasons why pregnant women seem to be a special target for cellulite.
Women get cellulite more often and easier than men, and there’s a reason for that: they have a different makeup of connective tissue. Septae are the fibrous strands that connect your muscles under your skin. These run vertically in women whereas they run diagonally in men. This means that when there is fat in between these septae in women, it causes that dimpled or puckered resemblance on the skin.
Deposits of fat
Fat or excess fat on the body can also be a cause of extra cellulite. Whereas in men, cellulite often does not form, women have an overall larger amount of fat than muscle, so they get ripped off with the cellulite. Of course, if you are pregnant, you will have even more fat, and this will inevitably cause more cellulite to form. It’s just a part of nature trying to do its best to make you healthy. But in today’s world, it’s very annoying and embarrassing.
There are other reasons why some women get more cellulite on the body, and it may have to do with being pregnant, but it might also have to do with your lifestyle choices. Of course, when you are about to have a baby and are going through all sorts of changes, your lifestyle might change because of that as well. Many people who eat too much fat, fried foods, candy, sugar, carbs or salt end up getting cellulite as a result.
Finally, sometimes it’s just in the genes. If your mother had or has cellulite or if your grandmother or older sister does, then get ready, because you probably will too. Some women just have a genetic propensity for the formation of cellulite. It most often occurs on the buttocks, upper thighs and upper arms in some cases.
How you can deal with cellulite during pregnancy
Now, let’s finally talk about how to deal with this issue. There are in fact many things that you can do to help yourself out when you are pregnant and experiencing and onslaught of cellulite on your body. Let’s get started.
1. Make a commitment to eat well
This is the big one: first, you’ll need to change the way you eat. Cut out sugar, and limit your salt drastically. This will be hard at first, but both salt and sugar are addictive substances, so slowly, you can wean yourself off of them. Sugar will just add fat to the body, and when you are trying to get rid of fat and cellulite, you don’t want that. Salt will make your body retain water, and as a pregnant woman, you will already be doing that. So you’ll need to limit these substances.
In addition, try to eat more lean proteins like fish, nuts, beans and other lean meats. You will want to include only healthy whole grains for carbs, and every day, you should consume at least 7 to 8 servings of fruits and veggies.
2. Always be moisturizing
Moisturizing will help your body to increase collagen and elastin. This means that even as you grow and get bigger during your pregnancy, your skin will be able to take the heat. Moisturize your body at least twice a day if not three times.
3. Keep up on the exercise
Exercise is good for anyone, but it is especially good for pregnant women who are looking to reduce cellulite. Exercising on a regular basis will help to increase the amount of muscle on your body and reduce the amount of fat. This is ideal for getting rid of cellulite and preventing cellulite from forming if you don’t already have it.
4. Drink your water
Remember, as a pregnant woman, your body will be retaining water. You will want to reduce the amount of salt that you eat as well as sugar, but you also want to up the amount of water that you drink. Doing this will cancel out some of the salt that you eat and help your body flesh out water so that it does not bloat and retain it. You can drink water straight from the tap, bottled water or soda water. In addition, you can count half of the juice and milk that you drink, but do not count caffeinated beverages.
5. Try a few other steps to stop cellulite in its tracks
There are a few other things that you can experiment with and try out to eliminate cellulite that you already have and prevent more from forming on your body.
- Experiment with a derma roller
- Try dry brushing
- Consider cellulite laser therapy
Finally, remember that the key here will be prevention. If you are planning on getting pregnant, then start all of these steps now! Do it before you even have your baby bump, and you will be much more successful overall. In general, you’ll just want to stay focused on this issue and keep on top of it with the steps listed above. Most pregnant mothers are very successful at keeping cellulite at bay when they do these things.
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