For many women, changes to the body during pregnancy include acquisition of cellulite. Heredity is one factor, and age and body weight are others. There is much a woman can do, however, to avoid or minimize new cellulite during pregnancy. Extreme diets and hard-core workouts are off the table during pregnancy, as are cellulite creams and potions, but steady healthful eating, as well as exercises geared toward the pregnant woman, can help.
Cut out foods that contribute to cellulite formation. These include fried and fast foods, fatty meats and cheeses, pates, sausages, marinades and high-calorie confectionery products, particularly those containing cream. Also avoid foods that have dyes and artificial flavors, advises WomansPassions.com.
Swap fatty meats for lean meats, cook poultry without skin and consume fish, which can be eaten up to three times a week, according to the Harvard Medical School. Previously, women were advised to cut back on fish because of concerns about consuming mercury. However, pregnant women can consume low-mercury fish like salmon, cod, herring and mackerel.
Up your fiber by eating breads with coarse flower and whole grains, and eat more raw vegetables for their fiber and nutrients--especially cabbage, lettuce and greens. Add more fruits, porridges cooked in water, and healthy fats like olive and canola oil, advises WomansPassions.com.
Do pregnancy-friendly exercises, but check with your doctor before beginning them. Prenatal yoga will ease symptoms such as swollen ankles in the short term, and pay off by keeping you in shape and helping to prevent cellulite in the long-term, according to FitPregnancy.com. Try the standing mountain pose, in which you stand with feet a bit more than hip-width apart, inhale, and sweep your arms out and then overhead. Bend back slightly as you move your arms. Exhale and return your hands to your heart center as you stand upright. Repeat for 10 breaths. Supported triangle starts with feet at the same with, toes facing front. 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 right arm above the shoulder and turning the head so the 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 do the triangle on the other side.
Get light pregnancy massages. Pregnancy massage will increase blood and lymph circulation, which in turn will reduce the risk for cellulite. It also helps pregnant women sleep better, and relieves stress, blood pressure and edema, according to PregnancyMassage.com. Seek a therapist who is specifically trained and certified to give pregnancy massages.