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How To Prevent Skin Sagging After Pregnancy

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Do you ever wonder how celebrities get back their fit physiques soon after giving birth to their kids?

Do you envy Angelina Jolie and the other star mothers for their exceptional post-pregnancy bodies? Well, it is not an easy thing to achieve.

A lot of changes start happening to a woman's body right from the day she conceives until the day she delivers.

A woman's body gets ready to accommodate a new life in it. So, it stretches, expands and makes room for the baby in all the right places. The woman also puts on weight, which is a sign of health for both the mother and child.

As the baby grows in size inside a mother's uterus, her body, especially the lower abdominal area, breasts and buttocks expand.

The stretching of skin at a rapid rate may cause the skin to lose its elasticity, thereby becoming loose and saggy after the childbirth.

It requires a lot of effort to lose pregnancy weight and to reduce skin sagging. A healthy diet, exercise, etc, are crucial if you are aiming at getting back in shape.

There are a few tips that we give you today, which can help you prevent post-pregnancy skin sag to a great extent.


1. Lose Weight Gradually

Don't be in a hurry to lose weight too quickly after the delivery and go on crash diets. Doing this may result in rapid muscle loss, which makes the skin sagging worse. Stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine that will help you lose weight methodically.


2. Consume Proteins

Proteins aid in fast and effective muscle building in the human body, which tightens the skin and gives your body a toned look. So, make sure that you add protein-rich foods like meat, milk, egg whites, chickpeas, soy protein, etc, to your daily diet.


3. Massage

You can massage specific areas of your body with lotions and oils that are rich in vitamins E, A and C, as these vitamins are known to firm up loose skin by boosting the blood flow in the body.


4. Use Collagen-based Creams

There are certain medicated creams available in the market to correct skin sagging after pregnancy. Collagen-based creams improve the skin's elasticity to make it firmer. These creams can also reduce stretch marks.


5. Hydrate

Make sure that you drink plenty of water and fruit juices before and after childbirth, as water boosts the elasticity of your skin and prevents sagging. Water also elevates your metabolic rate and allows you to burn more fat.


6. Abdominal Exercises

Doing specific exercises that aim at giving you a flatter tummy can also be effective, as the belly region tends to sag the most after childbirth. Crunches, planks, sit-ups, etc, can be done on a regular basis.


7. Consume Essential Fatty Acids

Include foods that are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and other essential fatty acids in your diet. These fatty acids also make the skin more elastic, helping it to get back to its original firmness quickly.


8. Wear A Maternity Corset

There are specially designed maternity corsets that can be worn before and after childbirth to keep your skin firm, tight and in a proper form. It helps the skin cells to stay in their place and does not allow the skin to stretch more than required, thereby reducing sagging.

Read more about: pregnancy, skin, diet, exercise
Story first published: Monday, April 18, 2016, 17:32 [IST]
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