Bodies change during pregnancy. One of the unfortunate changes can be the acquisition of cellulite. According to Marie Watkins, author of “Banishing Cellulite Once and For All,” cellulite is the effect of estrogen. Estrogen causes the body to store fat, which is necessary during a pregnancy. While age, weight and genes are all factors, there are steps you can take to minimize the development of cellulite during your pregnancy. Since pregnancy has its limitations as far as extreme diets, exercise and cellulite creams, a healthy diet combined with pregnancy safe exercises will do the trick. Simple lifestyle changes can help fight the battle against cellulite while keeping you and your baby healthy.
Eliminate cellulite-contributing foods. Cut fast foods, fried foods, fatty meat, cheeses, sausage, marinades and high-calorie confectionery products from your diet. Exchange your fatty meats for lean meats, poultry without the skin and fish. Also avoid foods that contain artificial flavorings and dyes.
Eat more fruits and veggies. They are low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals, water content, fiber and antioxidants. Eating more raw vegetables, especially cabbage, lettuce and other greens, will help you get more fiber and nutrients. It is also recommended to add more fruits to your diet. They contain cellulose, which is important to cell structure and healthy skin.
Get a pregnancy massage. A light pregnancy massage will help increase blood and lymph circulation. Improved circulation will reduce your risk of cellulite. As an added bonus, pregnancy massages tend to help you sleep better and they will relieve stress.
Engage in exercise. Prenatal yoga will help alleviate swollen ankles as well as keep you in shape and prevent cellulite in the long run. You can also engage in light cardio exercise such as walking or low-impact aerobics. Light strength training with hand weights can help to tone your upper and lower body.
- “Banishing Cellulite Once and For All”; Marie Watkins; 2006
- “The Cellulite Solution: A Doctor’s Program for Losing Lumps, Bumps, Dimples, and Stretch Marks”; Howard Murad, M.D.; 2006