Cellulite During Pregnancy

You expected the bigger breasts. You knew about the out-of-control hormones. And the morning sickness didn’t come as any surprise. But nobody told you about the additional cellulite that makes an appearance during your pregnancy. There are some things in pregnancy that you can deal with and others that you can’t. If you’re like most women, then cellulite is on your "can’t" list.

Cottage Cheese and Dimples
While some people may like to call cellulite by a cutesy name like "fat dimples," you know that cellulite is anything but cute. While unpleasant, the appearance of waffled skin on the back of your thighs, on your hips and buttocks is a perfectly normal part of being a woman. But just what is cellulite? Basically, cellulite is a build up of fat deposits. When you gain weight (as every woman does during pregnancy), the fat cells under your skin become bigger and create the orange peel look on your body.

Interestingly, the term cellulite is actually not a medical one. It was coined back in 1973 by the spa and salon industry. According to the medical industry, though, cellulite is simply normal body fat deposits.

Thanks Mom
The causes of cellulite tend to vary according to who you are talking to. If it is your doctor, then the reason behind cellulite is simply excess weight, poor diet and/or lack of exercise. When you’re at your local spa, however, then you are likely to be informed that, in addition to a build up of fat, cellulite is caused by water retention, poor circulation and possibly even toxins in your body.

Regardless of the cellulite cause, one thing is for certain: women get it far more often than men. This is due to the difference in the way fat, muscle and connective tissues are distributed in women and men. Moreover, your genes as well as the thickness of your skin play a large role in determining just how much cellulite shows up on your body. And if you rarely exercise and eat a poor diet, then you can bet your anti-cellulite cream that you’ll have some cellulite to contend with.

Fight Cellulite; Feel Great
The number one question on a woman’s mind when she sees cellulite: "How do I get rid of cellulite?" While we’re all looking for the miracle cellulite cure that will forever free our beautiful bodies of the vile invader, there is unfortunately no permanent cellulite remedy available.

Since what you eat and your level of fitness are the main reasons behind cellulite, follow a balanced diet and do exercise to get rid of cellulite. Both aerobic and strength training exercises are good ‘cellulite treatments.’

While following a healthy lifestyle is always a good idea, when you are pregnant it is more necessary than ever. Not only will you reduce your cellulite, but you will also be ensuring the health of your baby. And let’s face it, that really is more important than a few unsightly lumps on your thighs.

But let’s say you already follow a healthy diet (most of the time) and exercise at least three times a week, yet that cellulite is still there. What other options do you have?

The Anti-Cellulite
There are many potions and lotions, gadgets and gizmos out there that claim that getting rid of cellulite is as easy as using their product. Hmmm…sounds a little suspicious, doesn’t it? Well, that depends on what you’re using and what sort of effect you’re going for.

Cellulite cream is the most common choice for everyday regular women. This is an affordable solution that can help temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. Usually made with a variety of fancy sounding ingredients, like herbal extracts and liposomes, a cellulite lotion is more likely to reduce the appearance of cellulite because of the massaging action required to apply it.

Through massage, you are able to increase your circulation. And if cellulite is caused by poor circulation, as the spas claim, then giving your "trouble areas" a twice-daily massage will help to get that blood flowing. Of course, you could always book yourself in for a pregnancy massage and treat not only your cellulite but also your aching muscles and tired feet. For a list of day spa names visit www.dayspas.org.

All the Celebrities are Doing It
As far as permanent cellulite reduction solutions go, liposuction may be the closest you can get to permanent. However, this is costly and definitely not an option for everyone. Plus, the results can be varied and could cause the surface of your skin to look uneven. Not to mention the fact that there may be some permanent scarring. Ouch! Perhaps this is not the best cellulite removal idea.

The latest in cellulite treatment is cellulite shoes. Touted to not only help reduce cellulite but also to improve your posture and alignment, increase your muscle strength and improve your circulation, the cellulite sneaker seems to do it all. Seen on the feet of many celebrities and models, these running shoes are designed such that the middle of the shoe is thicker and higher then the rest of the shoe. This means that your legs have to work harder with every step. At $230 a pair, it’s definitely cheaper than liposuction but if you are not inspired to go for long walks wearing your sneakers, you may not see too many results.

When you want to lose cellulite, creams, massages and fancy shoes may help you feel good, but only following a healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly will help keep that dimpled demon at bay.


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