Unless you're a celebrity or a fitness model it's likely that your tummy has not regained it pregnancy shape mere days after birth. However, there is nothing to feel worried about. Your abdomen stretches during the nine months of pregnancy to accommodate your baby. Therefore, it is natural that it shall take at least that much or more time, to tighten back to its original shape.
How fast your skin gets tightened usually depends on how active you were during your pregnancy. Also several other factors are responsible like your genes and bone structure, how much weight you have gained,
Here are some tips that will aid in tightening skin and overall regaining your shape after pregnancy:
1. Increase Your Water Intake
Water is an elixir for your body. It not only hydrates your skin but makes it more elastic. It helps in burning calories more efficiently It is a great way to keep your skin healthy and tight.
2. Breastfeeding Helps
Apart from being a healthy source of nutrition for your baby, breastfeeding is very important for you too. When you breastfeed, your calories are transformed into milk, thereby helping you lose the extra fat. It's like a workout on your couch!
3. Exercise is Essential
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 to start before you begin. You can start with daily walking or postpartum yoga. Rigorous exercise like aerobics or cardio can work wonders on your abdomen. It also helps in strengthening your stomach muscles and burning calories.
4. Consume Proteins
Protein is good for muscle growth. It also contains an important nutrient called collagen which helps in firming your skin. It also helps you stay full making it easier to stick to your eating plan and avoid sugary snacks.
5. Exfoliate Your Skin
Another good way to tighten your skin is to use an exfoliating scrub on your belly when you take a shower. It helps in increasing the blood circulation by increasing the flow of blood in the area. It also creates new, healthy and more elastic skin.
6. Use of Lotions and Massage:
There are plenty of creams and lotions available in the market which contain collagen as well as Vitamin A, C & E. Apply such lotions on your loose skin as it will aid in skin tightening after pregnancy. You can massage with the lotion to improve the blood flow. Do this at least twice a day for good results.
7. 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.
To revive your body & mind and get your muscles back to pregnancy condition your can also book a Massage Mama postnatal massage in comfort and convenience of your home.
Anice Lombard, Massage Mama. Mama of 2 and Massage Therapist