Pregnancy can bring a lot of changes to your skin. Most of them disappear after birth, but sometimes there is loose skin. The skin is made of collagen and elastin, so it expands with weight gain. Once stretched, the skin may have difficulty returning to its original shape.
Excess skin can be emotionally frustrating for women who want their bodies back to how they were before pregnancy. But it is important to remember that this may take some time.
Your body has done an amazing job through the birth, so try to calm yourself down.
Here are some things you can do to help assess the skin.
1. Develop a cardio routine
Cardio can help burn fat and strengthen your muscles. Try brisk walking, swimming, jogging or cycling.
Before starting a new routine, ask your doctor if it’s okay for you to start being active again. Start slowly and work your way up to more intense activities.
Regular exercise can help prevent or reduce excess skin.
2. Eat healthy fats and proteins
Eating healthy proteins and fats can help you build muscle. Protein can also contain collagen. Individual protein needs vary depending on the amount of exercise you do as well as your height and weight. You may also need more protein if you are breastfeeding.
3. Try regular strength training
Add strength exercises to shape and tone the muscles. Building muscle may also have a positive effect on saggy skin.
Pilates, yoga, and barre classes include moves, such as the plank, that force you to tighten your core, hip and glutes for extended periods of time. This improves muscle strength, which helps tighten and lengthen your muscles.
If you are taking a class or working with an instructor, tell the teacher that you have recently given birth. There may be some moves that you should avoid.
4. Drink water
Water helps moisturize the skin and makes it more elastic. Your body is more efficient with more water, too. It can burn fat more easily and reduce water retention in your belly.
5. Oil massage
Some vegetable oils may help the skin to repair itself. This may be due to its antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory properties. For example, almond oil may help with stretch marks.
Essential oils are diluted in carrier oils, which have their own benefits for skin health. Try rubbing carrier oils, such as jojoba oil or coconut oil, along the abdomen line to help tighten the skin. You can add a few drops of an essential oil such as frankincense or neroli.
6. Try skin-tightening products
There are many skin tightening products on the market designed to increase collagen and elastin in your skin. Ingredients, such as collagen, vitamin C, and retinoids, may help the skin regain some of its strength.
7. Pamper yourself, go to the spa
Spa rolls might be a special occasion. They can help tighten the skin, but only temporarily. You might see kelp, sea salt, or clay in a spa wrap. These help detoxify, soften and tighten the skin.
Tummy tuck surgery, or tummy tuck surgery, is an option to tighten muscles and remove excess skin. But it is not a substitute for a weight loss or exercise program.
During the surgery, doctors will cut into the abdomen to remove excess skin. The remaining skin will be stitched together and a new opening for the belly button may be created as well.
The average cost of a tummy tuck is $6,253, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). This does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities, or other related expenses. While most health insurance does not cover this surgery, many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans.
If you choose surgery, the ASPS recommends finding a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area. Make sure you feel comfortable with them and ask for referrals.
Pregnancy changes your body in many ways. As your belly grows, the skin needs to expand. After giving birth, many women may have excess stomach skin.
If you are feeling self-conscious about it, there are some home remedies that may help get it going again. Depending on the amount of skin left, you may also opt for elective surgery to remove the excess.