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10 Tricks for Tightening Loose Skin Post-Baby

by Adriana Velez on November 30, 2012 at 8:11 PM

It's no secret that only a few women out there gain the actual recommended amount during their pregnancy. I know my body decided to become a food hoarder and place every single calorie right onto my burgeoning belly (and butt, and hips and really, everywhere).

It didn't help that I have the approximate dimensions of a Daddy Long Legs spider, which meant I looked somewhat like a Weeble while pregnant.

And after I popped out my babies, all of that belly turned from lump of baby to squishy, stretchy skin. I considered fashioning a scarf from the extra skin, but decided that instead, I needed to tighten up all that loose skin.

Here's what I learned about tightening loose skin after major weight loss (read: pregnancy).

 

  1. Get rid of those pesky baby pounds. The older you get, the harder it is to lose weight, and the less elastic our skin becomes. So pack up baby and go for a walk every day.
  2. Once you're back into shape, start a course of strength training at the gym. Not only is it a great way to get some "me" time, putting muscle on underneath the sagging baby skin can help you tone up and tighten up that pesky loose skin.
  3. This should go without saying, but don't do any fad diets to lose weight. You'll often lose weight too quickly and gain it back once you can no longer adhere to the whole "no carbs for the rest of your life," thing.
  4. Lose pounds slow and steady rather than by starving yourself. Our skin's elastic properties tighten more effectively when weight loss is gradual and not dramatic.
  5. Exfoliate your heart out. I know it's hard to grab a shower when you're dealing with a new baby, but grab one as often as you can. Then make sure to exfoliate your skin. One of those scrubby things or a fancy sugar rub will do the trick nicely. See, scrubbing increases the flow of blood to the area and encourages the creation of more healthy and elastic skin. Wild, right?
  6. Slather on the lotions. There are tons of cremes out there that promise to tighten skin, but the best kinds of cremes to use are collagen-based. Try some before you buy and examine some of the cheaper brands to make sure that you're getting what your body needs to properly tighten.
  7. Up the H2O Drink tons of water. Not only is it wonderful for you while (if) you're nursing, water is a great way for skin to remain healthy, happy, and tighter.
  8. Protein it up! Lean proteins helps build lean muscle, which increases the tone of your muscles. Lean protein ALSO has tons of nutrients (like collagen) to help our skin remain elastic.
  9. Be good to yourself. It's frustrating, not having your body back after baby, but be patient. It can take well over six months for our body to regain the elasticity after a major weight loss. In the interim, be patient and good to yourself.
  10. Avoid tanning beds. While tanning beds can be amazing to get a base tan before vacationing, you have an infant, so chances are, you're not planning to jet set off to Rio. Tanning beds do NOT help with tightening loose skin, and with the risks for skin cancer, it's not worth it.

How did you tighten your skin after baby?

 

Image via luca_76/Flickr

Filed Under: postpartum weight

Comments

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  • Blues...
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    Blueshark77

    November 30, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    In a way I'm lucky that so many of my friends had babies before me because it was a valuable learning experience. Some of them gained a lot more (60-80lbs) than the recommended amount and really struggle to lose any of it. I'm not thin by any means, so I'm being even more careful not to pile on a lot of pregnancy weight. So that means no eating Nutella out of the jar with a spoon followed by a doughnut chaser. I hope this helps with the sagging skin post baby. I love water and protein, and I'll try some of the other tips mentioned above. 


  • linzemae
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    linzemae

    November 30, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    All of this is great advice for losing weight period! 


  • britn...
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    britneykaren

    November 30, 2012 at 10:06 PM
    Exfoliate!!!!! After losing the majority of the weight at week one I had a tiny bit of deflated balloon skin, I got a sugar scrub and did it everyday and it was gone so fast!!! Like a week or less I think...anyway I have a ton left and I use it still just to keep up
  • jalaz77
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    jalaz77

    November 30, 2012 at 10:17 PM
    Keeping yourself in check DURING pregnancy.
  • JannaM8
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    JannaM8

    December 1, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    jalaz77's advice is better than all 10 of your list put together. Skin will naturally return to it's taut state for some, and not for others. 


  • MamaD...
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    MamaDee83

    December 1, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    The woman in the photo at the top of this post looks like she's underweight, sickly, and pregnant.... Just saying.


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    earlybird11

    December 1, 2012 at 11:35 PM
    You do realize its not thay easy to " keep in check" right ?? I gained 19 lbs total during pregnancy, lost 4 right beforr birth.. so 15 lbs... I literally weighed less then before once I had him, yet I have a pouch of flabby skin above my c section scar. I have done evrrything here... core workouts cream etc etc . Sometimes its not about what u do during pregnancy ...
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    Leah Bucci

    March 8, 2013 at 7:57 PM
    Those cheap lotions with collagen really don't work. Collagen molecules are too big to enter the skin. You need micronized collagen, and once that happens, the product gets much more expensive. If you're willing to pay the money (I think it's worth it) go for the micronized collagen, peptides (big one), and lots of antioxidants(green tea, vitamins a c and e, and coQ10)!!!
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    Joy Huffman

    March 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM
    I had a C section in feburary and I know all about sagging skin.... One year gained 30 lbs from a miscarriage and two months later pregnant again gained 40 more! This is my third child ! The products that I have used for five years now is tighten toning my skin ... Awesome stuff! I am down 45 lbs in 6 weeks! Joy.7777@ hotmail .com of you want to know more... I am so excited!
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    mscole

    April 2, 2013 at 5:12 PM
    To Jannam8 and Jalaz77, I gained 70lbs from preeclampsia, and there was nothing I could do about it, until I was far enough along have my little girl. I don't think that advice is really what people are looking for...
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