Cellulite during pregnancy
Most women begin to notice cellulite development during pregnancy. Why so?
Here are some factors that cause or aggravate cellulite in pregnancy:
- Water retention.
This is normal during pregnancy. The body usually stores up extra water and fat to guarantee the safety of the baby and mother in the event severe bleeding or starvation occurs.
- 2. Excess Estrogen builds up fat: pregnant women will most likely accumulate fat in the thigh and hip areas which results in cellulite.
- 3. Ligaments, skin, fascia (connective tissues) gets loose, creating room for the excess around the tummy and areas where fats are stored in the thighs and hips. This is a natural calculation for easy delivery.
Should pregnancy cause Cellulite?Cellulite is majorly caused by the accumulation of excess fat, water retention, excess estrogen, and loosened connective tissue. In the real sense, pregnancy should not contribute, as much, to cellulite conditions.
Pregnancy ought to neither cause unhealthy weight gain nor excess cellulite-causing water retention particularly if you were slim and fit before pregnancy.
If we didn’t indulge so much in high-calorie food in the contemporary world and if we incorporated exercises as part of our lifestyle, we wouldn’t have so many issues of cellulite – even during pregnancy.
So How can we Combat Cellulite During Pregnancy?
The easiest and most promising way to avoid those “dimples” during pregnancy is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and fit body shape before pregnancy. This will help you fight against gorging and all the food cravings and maintain a firm body with continued regular exercise – since it has become part of you already. So you wouldn’t feel overly tired after such workouts.
Contrarily, getting pregnant with unhealthy weight, bad eating habits and laziness to exercise will increase inactivity, binge eating, and fluid retention, resulting in weight gain.
To prevent fluid retention, foods like vegetables, oily fish, and berry fruits are your best bet. At this time, engage in fast and uphill walking. Such exercises increase metabolism level and support your cardio fitness.
Interestingly, this kind of exercise aids easy delivery. So, contrary to what you might have been told, the old-fashioned walking offers more health benefits than the much reverend “yoga.”
So, to avoid cellulite during pregnancy here’s an advice: maintain a healthy lifestyle and fitness before you think of having a baby. And don’t stop after childbirth.
You may also opt for an effective anti-cellulite treatment whilst pregnant. This leads us to the next big question:
Are Cellulite Treatments and Creams effective during pregnancy?
Anti-cellulite massages -before and after pregnancy– are very effective in preventing water retention. However, for the best experience, consult a seasoned therapist.
You may also opt for pressotherapy. This treatment helps reduce water retention in pregnant women. As with cellulite massage, pressotherapy is completely safe for your hips and legs, only.
Generally, a healthy lifestyle speeds up the effectiveness of these treatments. On the other hand, a sedentary lifestyle with all the unhealthy eating at the pregnancy stage makes pressotherapy and cellulite massages a core necessity – not a luxury.
That said, ultrasounds, electro-mesotherapy and radiofrequency – though effective – are not healthy during pregnancy.
Do Anti-cellulite Creams Work?
While some anti-cellulite lotions contain active ingredients unsafe for pregnancy, others are pregnancy-friendly. So, in practice, these pregnancy friendly creams are ok for your cellulite fight – even during pregnancy.