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Updated on 19 September 2023
Along with the joys of meeting your newborn, pregnancy brings with it various changes in a woman’s body. From stretch marks to hormonal changes, women go through it all. One of the most alarming and worrying changes is the loose skin around the belly which leaves most women clueless. Women crave to get their pre-pregnancy bodies back as soon as possible. Loose skin around the belly is not just emotionally disturbing but also very unpleasant to look at. Post-delivery, the skin around the belly appears dark and loose.
However, you need not worry. Your uterus and abdomen stretch during pregnancy to accommodate your growing baby and it is but natural that the process of getting back in shape will also take some time. Post-pregnancy, your stomach will eventually tighten and get back to its normal shape in due course of time.
Here’s what you can do to tighten the loose skin around the belly post-pregnancy:
Believe it or not, breastfeeding is just as beneficial for you as it is for your baby. Nothing helps you to lose weight and tighten loose skin as breastfeeding does. When you breastfeed your little one, the calories consumed by you get transformed into breastmilk, thereby helping you lose the extra fat. It is clearly a win-win situation for both, you and your baby!
Once you get a go-ahead from your doctor, make exercise a part of your daily routine since it helps to strengthen the muscles of the abdomen and burn additional calories. You can start by going for a walk every day or a run. With time, you can start adding light to moderate exercises to your routine.
Massage your abdomen, thighs, hips, and bust with oils that contain Vitamin E and collagen every day. Doing this helps to strengthen strained muscles and tuck the tummy back in shape. One of the most effective oils that you can use to massage is the Dhanwantaram Oil, which is enriched with saffron, ashwagandha, amla and Shatavari, which not only help to tighten the skin but also fade away stretch marks. The Mylo Care Ayurvedic Pregnancy Massage Oil for Pregnancy Pain & Stretch Marks(Dhanwantaram Oil) has been specially prepared using these Ayurvedic ingredients, keeping in mind the safety of the new mom and her baby. It is really worth a try!
Is there any problem that drinking water cannot cure? The most natural way to maintain and promote the elasticity of the skin is to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water as it also helps to burn more calories and reduce water retention in your stomach. Aim to drink at least 8-12 glasses of water in a day. Besides drinking water, you can also consume coconut water and fresh fruit juices without any added sugar.
The food you eat can supply most of the nutrients your body needs to maintain its elasticity. Consume a healthy diet with lots of proteins as they are good for muscle growth and also contain natural collagen, which helps in making the skin firm. Foods rich in protein include eggs, almonds, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, milk and lentil, among others.
You’ve just had a baby and you don’t need to be so hard on yourself.
Avoid crash dieting as it can affect your and your baby's health adversely if you're breastfeeding.
Getting back in shape will take time and you need to be patient.
You will loose your post-pregnancy loose skin and shed all those pregnancy pounds. Just have faith, be consistent and stay positive.
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