Cellulite is one of the world’s most common skin conditions, affecting up to 95% of all women. Also known as adiposis edematosa and dermopanniculosis deformans, it’s characterized by the herniation of subcutaneous fat in the skin’s connective tissue, resulting in distinct dimpling formations. While anyone can develop cellulite at any stage in their life (both men and women), it’s particularly common among pregnant women. So, why are pregnant women more likely to develop cellulite, and how can you combat this skin condition?
There are several factors associated with pregnancy that may increase the risk of cellulite. Fluid tends to develop and accumulate in larger quantities during pregnancy, for instance. These elevated levels of fluid may “push” against the subcutaneous fat, causing the formation of cellulite. Furthermore, levels of insulin and prolactin also fluctuate during pregnancy, which can also contribute to cellulite.
While cellulite typically doesn’t pose a risk to your health, it can lower your self-esteem. Consider the following tips to prevent cellulite during pregnancy.
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Cellulite forms when fat cells collect under the skin causing a dimpling effect. The dimpling effect can leave the surface of the skin looking bumpy or lumpy, not an effect many women are comfortable with. Though scientists and doctors continue to look for a definitive cause why some women have more cellulite than others, no answers have been found. Cellulite treatments aim to reduce the look of cellulite without actually promoting weight loss or fat loss. The effects are temporary and in some cases costly. Kinds of Cellulite TreatmentThere are two general kinds of cellulite treatment - topical and heat/laser. Topical treatments are known as cellulite creams. Cellulite creams use caffeine and other stimulant ingredients to draw water from the space between fat cells. The dehydrated space allows fat cells to nest closer together leaving skin looking smoother. Cellulite creams are not considered safe for use during pregnancy. Laser or heat-based cellulite treatments are available across the United States, but none claim to be safe for pregnant women. In actuality, use on pregnant women was never mentioned because cellulite removal is considered an elective procedure and most medical professionals will not perform elective procedures of any kind on pregnant women.
Oral Cellulite TreatmentsWhile most cellulite treatments are applied to the skin as a means of instant slimming, some products claim all-natural ingredients work from within the body to melt away or release fat to slim cellulite. These supplements are nothing more than diet pills packed with caffeine and other stimulants. Pregnant women should never take over the counter diet pills or supplements of any kind without first speaking with an obstetrician. Ingredients like guarana, green tea extract, theobromine, xanthine and methylxanthine are all sources of caffeine. Supplements are sold under lax regulations and may contain undeclared ingredients posing risk to the fetus. Reducing Cellulite NaturallyThe best way to reduce cellulite is to lose weight, which is not exactly the best option during pregnancy. Cellulite forms on women of all shapes and sizes. Cellulite is also not reserved for overweight or obese women, therefore weight loss may not be a viable option. Some diet and beauty experts believe drinking plenty of water, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can reduce the look of cellulite. These suggestions parallel healthy lifestyle choices promoted by obstetricians to maximize health during pregnancy.
You may not love your cellulite but you will have to live with the healthy diet and exercise program during pregnancy rather than hitting the local clinic for cellulite laser treatment or the latest cellulite cream. Cellulite treatments, of any kind, are not safe for use during pregnancy.
A woman’s body undergoes a number of changes during pregnancy. One of these is the development of cellulite. The factors causing it could be varied, some are genetically predisposed to cellulite, and for some age and body weight could be the cause. There are a few precautions you can take to avoid or minimize new cellulite developing during pregnancy. While extreme diets and long workout sessions are off the table during pregnancy, so are cellulite creams and potions, but healthy eating, and exercises geared towards the pregnant woman, can help.
Below are a few simple tips to help reduce your chance of cellulite:
These simple things can go a long way in helping you reduce your chances of cellulite.
We all know when women are pregnant their bodies go through a number of changes. One of these changes is the development of cellulite. Inheritance of this gene is one factor, but age and body weight are others. To avoid or minimize new cellulite developing during pregnancy there are various actions you can take. Extreme diets and long workout sessions are off the table during pregnancy, as are cellulite creams and potions, but healthy eating, and exercises geared towards the pregnant woman, can help.
Tip 1Cut out foods that contribute to cellulite forming. This includes fast foods or food that has been fried, cheeses and fatty meats, sausages, pates, marinades and high-calorie confectionery products, especially those containing cream. Basically if its got high levels of non saturated fat in it, it has to go! Also avoid foods that have dyes and artificial flavours.
Swap fatty meats for lean meats, cook poultry without skin and try and eat more fish. In the past, women were advised to cut back on fish because of concerns about consuming mercury. However, fishes like salmon, cod, herring and mackerel that contain low levels of mercury are fine for pregnant women to eat.
Try and eat more fibre when you are pregnant by eating more bread with grainy flower and whole grains. Raw vegetables are also a great source of fibre so where you can, eat more of these. They are also good for nutrients, especially cabbage, lettuce and greens. Where you can, introduce more fruit, porridges cooked in water, and healthy fats like olive and canola oil as these are all rich sources of fibre.
There is no harm in taking part in pregnancy-friendly exercises, but check with your doctor before beginning them. Prenatal yoga will benefit you in more ways than you think. It will help ease symptoms such as swollen ankles in the short term, but also keep you in shape and help to prevent cellulite in the long-term. Another great exercise is to stand with your feet a bit more than a hip-width apart, inhale, and sweep your arms out and then over your head. Bend back slightly as you move your arms. Exhale and return your hands to your centre as you stand upright. Repeat this for 10 breaths.
Another good exercise for pregnant women is to stand with your feet at the same width and your toes facing forward. Place hands on hips and turn your right foot in and left foot out. Bend your left leg, put your hand on your thigh and look down with your eyes. Inhale and exhale while lifting your right arm above your shoulder and turn your head so your eyes look up. Put your left arm on the thigh for support. Hold for one breath as you straighten your leg and lower your right arm. Return to the start, and repeat for five breaths. Reverse your feet and then repeat this same stretch on the other side for 5 times.
Treat yourself to a light pregnancy massage. Pregnancy massages will increase blood circulation, which in turn will reduce the risk for cellulite. It also helps pregnant women sleep better at night and relieve stress, as well as help to keep blood pressures down.