How to Get Rid of Cellulite After Pregnancy

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Reduce the appearance of cellulite with a healthy diet and strength exercises.
Reduce the appearance of cellulite with a healthy diet and strength exercises. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Pregnant women usually expect some changes to their bodies including bigger breasts, weight gain and a lot of hormones. What a lot of women don’t realize is the appearance of cellulite also increases during pregnancy. Cellulite is the unpleasant, dimply looking skin that usually appears on thighs, hips and butt. It is most often the result of excess fat storage. Naturally, these pockets of fat get more numerous as women gain weight during pregnancy. While cellulite is something that most women must face, there are ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite after pregnancy.

Wait for the baby weight to come off. Most women lose their baby weight over time rather than right away. Cellulite will naturally reduce as the weight comes off. Losing baby weight takes time. Be patient. Check on your cellulite after the baby weight is nearly gone to gauge how much you really gained.

Follow a balanced diet. Do not reduce your diet by too many calories if you are breastfeeding, but choose healthy foods including whole grains, fruits and vegetables instead of salty foods, fatty meats and sweet treats. Making healthier diet choices will reduce the amount of fat you intake daily, reducing the size of the fatty deposits that become cellulite.

Avoid soda and coffee; opt for water and fruit juices instead. Water is a natural cleanser and plumps the skin to hide the appearance of dimples.

Get lots of exercise; focus particularly on strength training. While running after your newborn will burn lots of calories, adding a few moderate cardio and strength training exercise sessions to your week will help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The more fat you lose and muscle you gain, the less cellulite you will have.

Use a cellulite cream to temporarily reduce signs of cellulite. Do not expect these creams to work quickly or permanently. These creams simply tighten the skin around the cellulite instead of fighting the cellulite itself.

Consider liposuction if other options do not reduce the appearance of cellulite. A plastic surgeon will suck out these fatty deposits with a small hose. This procedure is one of the most permanent options for cellulite reduction but is also one of the most costly. There is also the risk of permanent scarring.

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