Have you recently become a mother? Even if you’re still pregnant or you already have met your precious baby, you must know a few things about the fact that after giving birth, your body will suffer a lot of changes. A woman should be careful with her body during the period of pregnancy but also after giving birth.
Your entire body changes. Unfortunately, you will confront a lot of disorders, but let’s discuss a little bit about one of them, namely losing the elasticity of your skin and what you can do to fight it without doing a skin surgery.
Loose skin and stretch marks
During the pregnancy period, the skin, which is the largest organ of our body, tends to expand a lot because of the weight increase. Emotionally, this fact can seriously affect some of the women who care a lot about their body condition. Don’t lose your mind, though! Your body did an amazing job so take it easy on it.
Your abdomen stretches during the period of pregnancy in order to accommodate the baby. We are talking about 9 months for this process to take place. That means you have to be patient and give your body at least the same time to get back in its normal shape.
Be careful! It’s recommended to start exercising six weeks after giving birth. Talk to a trainer if you’re going to the gym, he’ll know what kind of exercises are good in your situation and what kind of moves you need to avoid. If you want to be on your own, then make yourself a daily exercising program and just follow it. Start walking at least half an hour per day, and also try some cardio in order to burn fat.
Stretching exercises should be effective considering the fact that before all, your major interest is increasing your skin elasticity. Take many breaks, relax your muscles and take deep breathes, try to not overload your body, and drink a lot of water, hydration is very important!
Drink a lot of water
Water helps a lot when it comes to skin elasticity. Also, your body burns calories easier when consuming more water. When you drink plenty of water, your skin cells regenerate more efficiently because the hydration process is important in repairing tissues, improving brain function and increasing energy.
Try to avoid drinking tap water, because it’s unhealthy and can bring damages to your immune system. If you’re into shopping, buy bottled water or try another method. Just get yourself a water filtration system that can provide you fresh healthy water directly to your faucets. Alkaline water, for example, is highly recommended for you and also your family members, including the baby that is more exposed to developing diseases while growing. The water ionizer is the best appliance to have at home because it can easily provide alkaline water containing a lot of nutrients that have a lot of benefits to your health.
Increase the level of collagen in your body
Food containing proteins improve the muscle strength and produce a large amount of collagen. Also, proteins are good for breastfeeding. Collagen is a powerful protein that connects and supports tissues including, bones, muscles and main element that is responsible for skin suppleness and firmness.
Fish, for example, contains fats that cannot be manufactured by your body and can provide essential fatty acids that maintain the flexibility of the skin.
Turkey also can help your body grow the level of collagen, and it’s recommended in food diets because it has health benefits.
Other foods that can improve the process of creating collagen in your body are: dark green vegetables, fruits containing vitamin A and C, rose hips and soy products.
Useful and relaxing techniques
Massages improve the blood circulation and relax your body and mind. A good blood circulation promotes skin smoothness and elasticity. For better results, take the massage before bathing and use lukewarm water. Regularly massaging with coconut or olive oil using gentle moves will help improve the skin tone and texture, keeping it moisturized.
Aloe Vera has properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, including the loose skin and stretch marks, without making the skin greasy. You can use the gel from Aloe Vera leaves and apply it to the affected zones. Leave it on for about a half an hour, then wash it out with lukewarm water.
Rose water can be a great toner for the skin, leaving it clear with a pleasant scent. You can rub rose water on the affected parts of your body before going to bed.
After delivery, you will face a lot of other post-pregnancy issues such as:
- Urinary issues;
- Breasts problems;
- Hair loss;
- Varicose veins;
- Hormonal imbalance;
- Hemorrhoids and constipation