Cellulite During Pregnancy

Although incredibly normal with an estimated 90%  + of women experiencing cellulite at some stage of their lives, it doesn’t change the fact that many of us still feel a little self-conscious about.

So why do we feel self-conscious about it? 90% is quite literally almost every single woman on this planet, not to forget the men, and yet we still feel embarrassed by these little dimples in the skin? Although cellulite is more prevalent in those with higher body fat, it can be seen on incredibly fit and lean individuals as well. Cellulite can show up on anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Did you know pregnancy can increase the appearance of cellulite? In fact, cellulite is more common during pregnancy due to the various changes taking place in the body. How much cellulite you develop will of course vary from person to person depending on our genetics, body fat and age.

Cellulite does not discriminate, and can appear on all body shapes and sizes. We’re here to show you just how normal cellulite really is, especially when pregnant and help you feel confident during these exciting times.

Cellulite is simply fat cells that protrude the collagen fibres that connect fat to the skin. Whether due to age, genetics, or weight- these fibres can break down or weaken allowing the fat cells to bulge and give the dimple appearance on the skin.

So why are you seeing more cellulite now that you’re pregnant?  This could be due to a number of factors but mostly comes down to a change in hormones and weight increase which makes cellulite more noticeable.  What you eat, drink, your hormones, your lifestyle choices and of course genetics all play a huge role into whether you will have noticeable cellulite.

Although there is really no evidence as to how to avoid or get rid of cellulite, the best way to manage it is with a healthy lifestyle. Most moms will see an improvement in their cellulite post pregnancy as the excess weight gain is lost. Our top tips to help reduce cellulite formation is to:

Strength training

By exercising regularly, you will improve blood flow, strengthen muscle and skin tone, encourage a healthy weight and happy mind!  This will not only assist in reducing the appearance of cellulite but exercise is proven to do wonders for mom and bub!

Wholefoods Diet

A wholefood diets should be part of your lifestyle choices, not just during pregnancy. By making better choices when it comes to your food consumption you can substantially improve your overall health and skin appearance.  Think high protein, lots of fresh vegetables, fruit and complex carbs! Reduce your intake of processed sugars and packaged foods which can contribute to weight gain and cellulite.

Sleep is one of the most underrated natural remedies. A good night’s sleep will help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress and be at your best during the day.  

Staying hydrated

You should be drinking at least 8 cups of water a day, and more if your active! Staying hydrated will help prevent fluid retention and reduce the appearance of cellulite. It will also help control overeating and maintenance of a healthy weight.

Dry Brushing

We are undoubtedly huge fans of dry brushing and swear by its ability to improve our skins tone. Dry brushing is thought to stimulate the lymphatic systems in turn encouraging blood flow and removing toxins from the body. It also leaves your skin feeling amazing, improving its texture and youthful appearance.

Embrace it!

Let’s be honest, if 90% of us ladies have it, then maybe it’s time to embrace our natural curves and dimples! Provided you are healthy and happy, appreciate all your body does for you!