Cellulite in pregnancy


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cupcake76 Thu 12-Jun-08 12:32:19

bethoo Thu 12-Jun-08 12:34:53

welcome ot my world!! my legs look great in trousers but once i am in the changing rooms what a f**** sight! the only thinkg i can suggest is once you have the baby do lots of wakls and drinks lots of water! that will be me come winter! i am only 24 weeks so heaven knows how bad it will be in Oct! we could start a cellulite busters thread once the babies are here!

Mummywannabe Thu 12-Jun-08 14:15:58

Oh can i join! I too noticed shocking amount of cellulite last week, i'm 36 weeks. Gonna get my body brush out and start massaging like mad! (well when i can extract myself from the sofa....hmmmm perhaps that isn't helping )

cupcake76 Thu 12-Jun-08 17:54:36

Kezza7779 Thu 12-Jun-08 17:56:20

me too, loads and loads of it - yuk! im hoping its down to the added fluid / blood in my body and will go when dd is here!??

naturelover Thu 12-Jun-08 18:25:15

I had hideous cellulite during pregnancy! I mean, I had it before I got pregnant but it was ten times worse. It has just about disappeared though, I attribute this to breastfeeding (the weight has dropped off quickly as well).

tyaca Thu 12-Jun-08 19:58:55

heya, my dd was born in march and i was appalled at the amount of cellulite i had. it was awful! three months on and apart from a teensy bit on the inside of my thighs, it's all completley gone. really. i've been doing a lot of running, which has helped, and to be honest my legs are best they've ever been. saying that, i swear next time i get pregnant, i wont sit on the sofa for three months mainlining cream eggs

abbymeg Thu 12-Jun-08 21:03:26

Mine appeared at 6 weeks. I'm only 12 weeks now. It's hideous. I need a knee-length coverall if I even dare to venture near the swimming pool surrounded by slinky Italians on my holidays. Why??? Why????!!!!!!

cupcake76 Fri 13-Jun-08 15:10:04

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babylenka Thu 16-Feb-12 13:09:36

Abbymeg, I am 9 weeks and fear the same fate. I am to go to the seaside in 3 weeks and dreading it, as I am not generally fat, but the thies are there. And the cellulite as well Does anyone know if I could perform some sort of massage to improve my skin? 3 years ago, long before I even thought of pregnancy - i went to the intensive massage and it did help, but it's really painful and i don't think it's good for pregnant girls...

babylenka Thu 16-Feb-12 13:20:05

BTW, does anyone know if I can body brush when pregnant in first trimester?

bonbonpixie Thu 16-Feb-12 16:59:33

Ive been body brushing everyday since the start, I'm now 27+5 and the only problems I've had is reaching places once the bump turned up!

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5 Ways To Get Rid Of Cellulite Post Pregnancy

Cellulite is the last thing a person would want in their body. The condition often results in skin appearing lumpy (more like an orange-peel skin) and dimpled, mostly around the thighs, hips, and the buttocks (the other body parts may be equally susceptible). For long, people have linked obesity to cellulite. However, cellulite is not only restricted to obese or overweight people. The condition can equally affect people with a desirable body weight. Putting on the extra kilos just makes the condition more prominent. Studies suggest that while cellulite can affect both the sexes, women are at a slightly higher risk than their male counterparts. 

Cellulite is one of the most common complications often associated with pregnancy. The hormonal changes or the choice of diet during pregnancy are found to be the main contributing factors, resulting in the unwanted and annoying cellulite. The condition can also be related to an unhealthy lifestyle, age, genetics, as well as stress and anxiety. Post pregnancy, women try out everything under the sun to get rid of cellulite. As difficult as it may sound, there are effective tips available to get rid your body of these unwanted cellulite depositions.

Keep your body well hydrated: 

Accumulation of toxins can aggravate the condition of cellulite. Thus, it is important to flush out the harmful toxins from your body. A well-hydrated body will be able to eliminate the toxins effectively. Drink water and healthy fluids (coconut water, fresh fruit juice, or healthy vegetable soup) at regular intervals (2-3 litres daily). Avoid processed and packaged juice, aerated drinks, and beverages as much as you can. These will do your body more harm than good.

Seek timely medical assistance:

 During pregnancy, hormonal changes can trigger cellulite. Thus, before trying out self-remedies, consult a doctor to know the exact cause. An accurate diagnosis will make the respective treatment more fruitful.

Your diet can play a pivotal role to alleviate the condition of cellulite. Post pregnancy, a mother is expected to eat a healthy, nutritious, and balanced diet. Salamon, a rich source of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acid is a powerful food that can help to reduce cellulite. It is known to repair the skin tissues and also prevent the accumulation of harmful toxins in the blood vessels, thus improving the condition. Some other foods that can work wonders to reduce cellulite include saffron, olive oil, dark chocolates, whole grains, vegetables (spinach, broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes), fruits (pink grapefruit, orange, watermelon, banana, apricots, apple, berries, especially blueberries and blackberries), green tea, apple cider vinegar, to name a few.

Exercise and physical activities: 

For a new mother, finding time for herself is a Herculean task, but this is what you exactly need to do to get rid of the cellulite. The exercise, particularly the strength training as well as the weight lifting can be helpful. The main idea is to lose the extra calories and the cellulite in the process. 30 minutes of exercise every day, practised diligently is all that you need to shed the unwanted extra pounds. Women who had a C-section should consult a doctor before trying out any exercise. For women, who are stressed out, meditations, sound sleep, yoga, breathing exercise can prove to be beneficial.

Body brushing:

 Yes, you heard it right! You can body brush to get rid of cellulite. All you need is a soft brush and a precious 5 minutes from your hectic schedule. Slowly and gently start brushing the affected part of the body. With gentle and brisk strokes, move upwards (towards the abdomen) in a clockwise motion. While in this position, make sure your arms are moving towards the heart. This body brushing on a regular basis will bring about a remarkable improvement.


Pregnancy Cellulite

Despite the high incident of women having cellulite in their early adulthood stage, there are studies conducted that were able to discover some non-pharmacological ways to prevent the occurrence of cellulite.

You can now easily fight this dreaded skin condition without having to undergo massive treatments and spending large amount of money.

Here are 5 Tips for Cellulite Treatment:

Step 1: Modify Your Eating Habits

Modifying your diet makes a lot of sense in preventing and fighting cellulite. Foods that are rich in saturated fats are a big no no as they increase the fat build up in your body. You should therefore minimize or at most avoid eating foods from fast food chains as they are known to be made out of high saturated fats.

You should also minimize your intake of deep fried foods, donuts and snacks as they also promote fat accumulation in your body.

Try to incorporate fiber in your diet as much as possible. Fibers are known to promote good elimination, thus effective in removing harmful substances in your body. Cellulite fat cells are made up of toxins, so eating fibers can effectively combat the effects of these toxins in your skin.

While there are no guaranteed proofs that healthy food choices cannot give you cellulite for the rest of your lives, it is a pregnancy cellulite remedy  that can apparently delay the process of dimple formation in your skin, consequently preventing appearance of cellulite.

Step 2: Fight Cellulite with Exercise

Being a couch potato increases your risk of having a cellulite problem primarily because your body is not able to release the accumulated toxins in it. Apart from defecating and urinating, one way of your body to release harmful chemicals is to perspire.

That is why exercise is believed to be one great remedy to fight pregnancy cellulite. Ideally, weight bearing exercises like walking, jogging, and running are recommended for women as they can effectively tone muscles, which are least likely to be prone to cellulite.

Regular aerobic exercises are also advisable as they can help an individual to sweat profusely. Sweating can definitely rejuvenate your inner body, freeing you from toxins that are responsible for cellulite formation.

Step 3: Get Rid of Your Harmful Vices

Vices like cigarette smoking and excessive alcohol intake are also believed to increase incidence of cellulite formation. Again, this can be accounted to the toxins that these vices can bring to your body.

Cigarettes are generally bad for your health. It contains hundreds of harmful chemicals that can bring damage not only to your skin, but to other vital systems of your body.

Similarly, alcoholic drinks also contain chemicals that can damage your body’s vital organs, primarily your liver. Once your liver is damaged, it can no longer strain the toxins in your body, resulting to toxin accumulation in your body. This can highly predispose you from skin dimpling eventually leading to cellulite.

So while you still have the chance, gradually stop all your vices not only to fight cellulite but more importantly, to maintain the integrity of your body and prevent organ damages.

Step 4: Get an Anti-Cellulite Massage

Certain forms of massage are proven for a treatment for Pregnancy Cellulite that break unwanted tissues, particularly those that are found in cellulite. Anti-cellulite massage can be generally done by everyone provided that certain guidelines are followed.

In order to effectively improve your skin circulation, anti-cellulite massage should be done towards the direction of the heart. Massage should focus on areas prone to skin dimpling like the buttocks, legs and arms.

Effective anti-cellulite massage uses techniques of friction and twisting combined with long and light strokes. And to complete your anti-cellulite massage, you should hydrate yourself by drinking lots of water so that you can release the trapped toxins in your bloodstream brought about by the anti-cellulite massage.

Step 5: Rejuvenate Your Skin

Exfoliating is a popular way of rejuvenating your skin and helping in cellulite removal.  Before, exfoliation was only considered as a form of beautification to improve skin condition. However, some experts say that exfoliation can also help fight Pregnancy Cellulite.

Anti-cellulite exfoliation has the same principles involved in anti-cellulite massage since it also aims to promote better skin circulation to removed trapped toxins.

However, in anti-cellulite exfoliations, certain natural substances like brown sugar, carrots, oil and even coffee beans are used to remove impurities from outside the skin. Therefore, anti-cellulite exfoliation removes toxins that are both inside and outside your skin. This will help you to have better skin appearance that is free from any signs of cellulite.

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Will pregnancy make cellulite worse?

Our panel of health writers.

Cellulite can get worse in pregnancy, but if you lose weight gradually after your baby is born, it may get better again afterwards. Cellulite is fat that collects in pockets under the skin. Collagen fibres that connect fat to skin can stretch, break down or pull tight, allowing the fat cells to bulge out and become visible. This gives cellulite its characteristic dimpled appearance that's sometimes described as the orange peel effect. Cellulite tends to be on the hips, thighs and bottom, but it can also appear on your knees, tummy and under your upper arms. Though cellulite isn't an illness, it may be something that bothers you and affects your self-confidence. Women are much more likely to have cellulite than men, partly due to having more body fat than men, particularly around the stomach, thighs and bottom. But women of all weights and sizes can get cellulite, as we all have fat cells in our skin. It's estimated that as many as between 85 per cent and 98 per cent of women have cellulite. Pregnancy may make cellulite look worse for a while, because the weight that you gain in pregnancy could make it more noticeable. Hormone changes in pregnancy could also play a part. If your mum had cellulite, unfortunately, you're likely to have it too. What you eat, how hydrated you are, your hormone levels, and the way your body burns energy, probably all play a role in whether or not you have cellulite. There's no evidence that anything works to prevent or get rid of cellulite. Liposuction isn't recommended for cellulite, and may even make it worse. Applying a moisturising cream may temporarily improve the appearance of the skin, or make it look firmer after being massaged in. But there's no evidence that it can do more than this.

After you've recovered from labour and birth, the best way to deal with cellulite is to take up regular exercise and eat healthily. If you want to lose weight, do it gradually and steadily, as yo-yo dieting may make cellulite worse.

Last reviewed: July 2015


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