If you’re like many new mothers, you’ve put a lot of effort into regaining your physique and getting back to the weight you were before childbirth. Like many new mothers you’ve also probably discovered weight isn’t the only hurdle to overcome on the path to your pre-pregnancy body. The extra weight and strain put on your belly have likely caused loose skin and flab that just won’t seem to go away.
How do you get your tummy back in shape and get rid of the loose skin? There are plenty of sites that list specific workouts and oils that can make slight improvements. What we are aiming to give you with this list is a general overview of the significant changes you need to make while caring for your body going forward. You can always dig deeper by finding more particular products and workouts, but first, you should follow these basic tips. Afterward, you will already be well on your way to tightening up your tummy.
Lose the weight slowly
You probably want to get back to your old weight as soon as possible, but losing weight too quickly will only add to the problem of loose skin. You need your skin to maintain its elasticity, so you need to give it adequate time to adjust to abrupt weight changes. Losing weight too quickly may also reduce the amount of muscle in your stomach, which is also extremely important to maintain firmness. Instead of focusing on losing weight, try a light regimen of strength training. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, the more weight you will gradually lose, and the firmer your stomach and body will become. Here are some other weight loss tips:
- Try walking which is a total body workout
- Postpartum yoga can help firm muscles & clear the mind
- When you’re up for it try a cardio class to burn more calories & bust your middle
Improve your diet
Make sure you’re eating the right foods. Going hand in hand with the strength training is an increase in the amount of protein you’re eating. Protein contains important nutrients that help your skin, such as collagen. The increase in lean muscle caused by the training and a high protein diet will have considerable effects on your body over time. Foods high in protein include:
- Lean Chicken Breast
- Peanut Butter
Be sure you are getting enough liquid in your diet, especially water. Water will improve the elasticity in your skin by keeping it hydrated. When your body is hydrated, it reduces overall water weight retention and tightens up many problem areas. It is also a great boost for mothers who are nursing because it can boost milk supply. Health experts always advise drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. In order to get all of the needed water daily, measure it out and pour it into a water bottle you can carry around with you throughout the day. Be sure not to try to hydrate with coffee. This actually dehydrates your body and defeats the purpose. Juices and soda are also not the best idea because of the sugar content. Make it water all the way!
Get a loofah or exfoliating scrub. You can browse your local pharmacy and find one that suits your needs. Once you get a product you’re happy with start scrubbing. Put the scrub on a washcloth or shower puff and start gently scrubbing the skin around your belly. You don’t want to be too rough, just enough to get the job done! This will increase the flow of blood to the area and will help regenerate new, more elastic skin. If you have sensitive skin be sure to choose a product that caters to it.
There are tons of products claim to tighten skin, but the best kinds are ones that contain collagen, as well as vitamins E, A, C, and K. massage them into your skin to boost blood flow (for reason mentioned earlier.) Do this once or twice a day in areas with loose skin.
As you look for products and ways to regain firmness, be on the lookout for gimmicks. If it seems too good to be true or unsafe for your body, then it probably is. Always trust your instincts!
One of the most important things to remember is not to be too hard on yourself. Your body not only grew and carried another human being for nine months but also birthed that little person. Whether you had a C-section or gave birth naturally, that is a lot of strain on your body. Give it time to recover. Also, while many women long to be at their pre-pregnancy weight, sometimes that just isn’t possible. It is possible to get back into shape and to treat your skin well so that it can try to regain its firmness.