Our largest organ which is the skin can-do crazy things during pregnancy. From stretch marks to varicose veins, to acne, to spider veins and the list just goes on. Most of these problems disappear after delivery.
Unfortunately, there is still weight gain and loose skin to deal with. Here are some tips on how to tighten loose skin after pregnancy that will help get your skin back in shape.
WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO SHAPE UP POSTPARTUM?
1. LOSS WEIGHT SLOWLY:
If you want to make your belly firmer and tighter, you will need to lose some belly fat. You may be anxious to rid yourself of that extra baby weight, but make sure you are doing it in a healthy way.
Losing weight quickly will only to the problem of loose skin. If you lose weight quickly, you will be losing both fat and muscle. Muscles help your stomach to keep its shape.
Your skin needs time to adjust to its new shape when losing weight. So, if you lose it too quickly, you may end up with just even more loose skin. Allow your skin to regain elasticity. Aim for losing around 1 to 2 lbs. per week.
2. CARDIO BEAT:
You may have heard that you can’t spot reduce or burn fat from just one area of your body. When you burn fat, you burn it all over. If you want to get your tummy back in shape, doing cardiovascular exercises the way it should be done is ideal.
Do some cardio exercises for at least 20 minutes, 3 to 5 time a week. This is definitely going to help you out.
3. INCREASE YOUR WATER INTAKE:
Water is an elixir for your body. It not only hydrates the skin, but it makes it more elastic. It helps in burning calories more efficiently. It is also a great way to keep your skin healthy and tight.
Breastfeeding is essential. Apart from being a healthy source of nutrition for your baby, breastfeeding is also important for you too.
When you breastfeed, your calories are transformed into milk, thereby helping you to lose extra fat.
A breastfeeding mother loses weight faster than a non-breastfeeding mother.
5. LOTION AND MASSAGE:
Use on your skin a lotion that contains collagen as well as vitamin E, A, C and K to help firm up loose skin. When you apply the lotion, massage it in.
Massaging will improve blood flow to the area which helps your skin to appear firmer. Try massaging lotion to any loose skin once or twice a day.
Many women try to get their body back in shape by doing crunches. The truth is, crunches are fine but they may not be enough to get that loose skin to tighten up.
Planks are an ISOMETRIC EXERCISES. When you do them, you suck in your tummy and hold it tight. This process of sucking in and tightening will do wonders for your tummy.
You can start by doing 2 or 3 planks and holding them for 15 seconds. Work up to doing 30 seconds to 1-minute planks daily.
7. CONSUME PROTEIN:
Protein is good for muscle growth. It also contains an important nutrient call collagen which helps in firming the skin.
Your protein intake depends on your weight and the extent of physical activity you do. On average, you should consume 50 grams of protein.
8. EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN:
An additional way of tightening up your skin is to use an exfoliating scrub on your belly when taking your shower.
It helps in increasing the blood circulation by increasing blood flow in that area. It also creates new, healthy and elastic skin.
9. EXERCISE HELPS:
It is important to indulge in activity or exercise regime once your body is ready post-delivery.
Make sure your doctor gives you the go-ahead before you begin.
You can start with daily walking or postpartum yoga. As well as rigorous exercise like aerobic or cardio can work wonders on your abdomen.
It also helps in strengthening your stomach muscles and burning calories.
10. SAY NO TO CRASH DIETING:
When you opt for strict dieting, you might lose weight faster initially. But once you stop your regime, the weight will bounce back faster as well.
It is always better for the elasticity of your skin when you reduce weight gradually and not dramatically. Don’t starve yourself or fall for fad dieting.
THINGS TO AVOID
Wear sunscreen when you go outside and avoid the tanning bed. It can dry out and harm your skin.
Also, avoid sulfates. If your soap creates a super lather but has this ingredient, then change how you clean. Sulfate can dry out and irritate your skin.
Another awesome way to firm up that loose skin is by using ESSENTIAL OILS.
Loose skin can very frustrating to women who want their body to go back to when they were pre-pregnancy.
But it is important to remember that this can take time. Your body just did an amazing job by bringing forth a baby so try to go easy on yourself and everything will fall right back in place in due time.