Cellulite is one of the of the many side-effects pregnancy can bring upon your body. Increased body fluid volume and the changing levels of insulin and prolactin in your blood may lead to cellulite during pregnancy. There’s nothing to be concerned about, because cellulite is harmful and may even go away on its own after pregnancy. If you’re concerned about your cellulite’s appearance, there are a few things you can try that are safe for both you and for your baby.
Gain close to the amount of weight your doctor recommends as safe for your pregnancy and no more. The more fat you gain during pregnancy, the more likely you are to have cellulite. Don’t try to lose weight during pregnancy unless it’s necessary to your or your baby’s health and done under the close supervision of your doctor.
Perform aerobic exercise, like walking or swimming, three days per week for at least 20 minutes. This was the amount demonstrated to reduce cellulite by Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., in his cellulite reduction research.
Combine your 20 minutes of exercise with 20 minutes of strength training or muscle building. Try a prenatal yoga class or work with a trainer who specializes in pregnancy to avoid muscle strain and injury associated with weight lifting while pregnant. Aside from its cellulite-reducing benefits, strength training will also help ease pregnancy aches and pains.
Eat a healthy diet, recommends the American Council on Exercise. Choose whole, unprocessed foods over processed or fast foods. Eat a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein. Approach eating as a means to deliver nutrients to your body instead of adopting the idea that you’re eating for two.
Schedule a massage. MayoClinic.com points out that vigorous massage can temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite.