If you’re like many other mums, you probably focused a great deal of your energy on preparations for labour and delivery. Perhaps it didn’t even occur to you to devote the same energy to preparing your own body for the aftermath of childbirth.
After childbirth, many women are surprised to realise how dramatically their bodies have changed. If you’re less than 100 percent thrilled with your postpartum body, here are 3 suggestions for things you can do to regain your youthful appearance:
After childbirth, many women are left with unappealing stretch marks. These marks can be purplish, pinkish, brownish or gray in colour. Sometimes your marks draw attention to themselves by tingling, itching or simply feeling irritated. They also draw attention to themselves visually, which can make a mum feel self-conscious about putting on a swimsuit.
Some women find that their stretch marks vanish in time. Other women learn to embrace their stretch marks, seeing them as a badge or symbol of motherhood. While that is perhaps a noble view of the situation, embracing your stretch marks is totally unnecessary – because there are a whole bunch of ways you can safely minimise their appearance.
Zinc is one of the top natural remedies you can use for getting rid of stretch marks. A topical zinc oxide cream is the easiest form to use. However, you’ll also want to be sure you’re consuming adequate levels of zinc in your diet. If you’re nursing your baby, you need at least 12 mg of zinc per day. Otherwise, you need 8 mg per day.
Gotu kola is another possible solution for getting rid of stretch marks. Gotu kola is an herb that’s popular in Asia. It has been in use in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It can help to heal a broad variety of skin ailments including stretch marks and many others.
Collagen stimulation is another possible remedy for stretch marks. One way to stimulate your collagen production is by micro-needling your stretch marks with a Dermapen tool. You can also eat collagen-boosting foods such as bone broth, spirulina and eggs.
When your baby exits your womb, all traces of her presence do not simply vanish by magic. Your midsection will more than likely be left with a little, or perhaps not so little, reminder of your baby bump.
Breastfeeding your baby is one of the most practical and effective remedies for mummy tummy. Breastfeeding can help to shrink your belly after childbirth. This is a straightforward and highly beneficial way to regain your usual shape after giving birth.
Breastfeeding may not be enough to completely lose your mummy tummy if you’re suffering from a condition known as diastasis recti. This is a common condition that can happen if your flourishing baby pressures the linea alba tissues that connect your rectus abdominis muscles when you’re pregnant. As a result of such pressure, your abdominal muscles can separate. The separation can partially or completely cause the appearance of mummy tummy.
Physiotherapy offers one possible solution for healing diastasis recti – but first, you need a proper professional diagnosis. If you suspect diastasis recti could be causing your mummy tummy, it’s best to speak with your GP about it to see how s/he recommends remedying the situation.
Many new mums notice that all of a sudden, they look like they have raccoon eyes. There are multiple things that can cause this. The most obvious cause of under-eye circles is lack of sufficient sleep. So if you can squeeze in a few naps, it’s possible that the issue might solve itself easily.
Another possible cause could be nutrition deficiencies. Pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding can leave a mum depleted of crucial nutrients. For 9 months, you shared every drop of nutrition you consumed with your baby. If you’re breastfeeding your baby, the sharing continues. In general, be sure to consume a nutrient-dense diet – but also be aware there are specific nutrient deficiencies that can cause dark under-eye circles.
Pregnancy can deplete your iron stores, so iron deficiency is a common issue for new mums. If you aren’t consuming enough iron, this is a likely cause of those dark under-eye circles. If you’re nursing, you need to consume at least 9 mg of iron daily. Otherwise, if you’re a healthy female aged 19-50, you need 18 mg daily.
Dark under-eye circles can be a symptom of protein deficiency.If you’re nursing, you probably need to consume at least 67 grams of protein daily. Otherwise, you need to consume about 60 grams of protein every day. If you aren’t getting enough protein in your diet, increase your intake accordingly.
Stretch marks, mummy tummy and dark under-eye circles are 3 things that can plague mums after childbirth. Luckily, if you implement the solutions I’ve suggested, you’re quite likely to beat these bothersome issues and regain your youthful appearance.