Saggy Boobs Post Pregnancy And 5 Remedies To Deal With It
How often have you looked into the mirror and dawned over your saggy boobs? Bags of sadness, aren’t they? You wish you could mould yourself into your sexiest persona from before getting pregnant and having kids. So here is the chance to binge into your wishful thinking and once again adore those firm breasts.
Before we move onto remedies to let them prop back up; We should know what it means to have sagging boobs and the reasons behind it.
What Is It?
During pregnancy, mothers do gain weight and the breast size increases accordingly. Once the breast feeding sessions start reducing, ideally after a few months, breasts start drooping down or feels like they have been flattened.
During pregnancy, the Coopers’ ligaments that attaches chest to the beast muscle are stretched along with the skin causing increase in bust size. The increase in the bust size is a natural way to encounter the pregnancy related changes. Post pregnancy, breast feeding once again takes a toll on the titties. As the milk ducts starts growing and in the initial days, the breasts get heavy and feel fuller with excess flow of milk. After a few weeks (usually two weeks or later) they return to the size they were during pregnancy and stay that way until you decide to wean your baby. Having larger breasts over this period causes further stretching of the ligaments and sagging of the breasts.
The Real Reasons
Besides the post pregnancy effects; saggy boobs are more often related to genetics and age associated factors. There are other reasons too that add up to the decrease in breast perkiness as listed below.
Not having enough saturated fats: One most common mistake made by mothers is cutting down on fats to shed off excess weight post pregnancy. Unfortunately, they miss on healthy fats essentially required to get firmer breasts. The cell membranes around the breasts are usually made up of saturated fats. So it very important to be on a balanced diet while nursing as it often leads to skin damage around the breasts.
Incorrect postures while breast feeding may also lead to over straining of the boobs and cause sagging. Often, mothers tend to lean towards the baby a bit too much which further adds to the droopiness of the breasts.
Smoking or having caffeinated beverages also adds to the weakening and ageing of skin with reduced blood supply to skin membrane.
Exposing your skin to UV rays without a protective coating of sunscreen can lead to premature wrinkles, and it has the same effect on breast sag by stretching out collagen and damaging skin.
Heavy workouts are not ideal post pregnancy, often leading to rapid weight loss. When you rapidly lose weight, some of that fat disappears from your breasts. Typically, the skin and the ligaments inside the breasts do not retract accordingly, resulting in an 'empty' looking breast that then sags.
Get Back To Position
If you have started feeling embarrassed or less attractive due to your loosened breasts, you can definitely opt any of these following remedies to get back into shape in next few months.
1. Wearing bras all the way
The best and one of the most easiest ways to deal with your saggy boobs is to wear supportive bras all the time, even while breastfeeding. Combating gravity is one of the best prevention methods. Nothing can be done about the size and weight of your breasts but ensuring that they are constantly supported will help prevent unnecessary stretching of the ligaments that provide the support. While choosing your lingerie, you should go for a quality nursing bra that offers correct size and the right support. A sports bra is ideally preferable for workouts.
2. Additional Support
Leaning in while breastfeeding is a strict no for the mothers. Instead, try a support pillow to raise the baby to your breast level. Improving this simple posture and positioning while nursing will help prevent your breasts from drooping. In case you don’t have a supportive pillow, lift your breast a bit while nursing to ensure lesser strain on your breast tissues.
3. Start with lighter exercises and a balanced diet
Post pregnancy, once your doctor gives the nod, start with lighter exercises to tone up your muscles. Weight loss paired with less strenuous exercises helps in regaining firmer breasts.Strengthening your breast and back muscles allows you a much perkier look with erect posture.
Following a clean diet rich with complex carbs, protein and healthy fats will provide the body with the necessary nutrients it needs to promote healthy skin and connective tissues. Women who are breastfeeding should eat more fruits and vegetables- rich in antioxidants as well as foods high in vitamins like B, C and E to prevent sagging.
4. Massage and moisturize
While taking shower you can gently massage your breasts with hot and cold water. Massaging with hot water helps in blood circulation while cold water tightens and tones the skin. You also need to moisturize skin on a regular basis as it is extremely helpful in maintaining the elasticity of the skin.
5. Instant slimming lotions are of no use
Better avoid using those lotions and creams promising instant results as it takes at least six months to get a much leaner body post pregnancy.
To further enhance your mommy glow- be happy, love your body and enjoy your motherhood to the fullest.