Having a baby can really put a strain on your body. Things get pushed and pulled, sag, and pretty soon you feel like a different person. But, never fear, there are always options to get back into shape. Here’s how to fix saggy skin and uneven breasts post pregnancy.
Your body goes through a lot of different changes after you have a baby. One of those changes involves hormones. It’s normal to feel “down” or “blue” after you give birth. Usually, these feelings begin a few days after giving birth and may last a few weeks.
If the feeling doesn’t go away on its own and persists, or you find yourself feeling worse as time goes on, there may be a more serious problem and you should talk to your doctor or caregiver.
You may suffer postpartum depression, which is a more serious problem that requires medical treatment.
Sagging skin is a major reason why women become disillusioned after pregnancy. They don’t see themselves in the same way after pregnancy. It’s because there are real physical changes that have occurred. Your breasts may have swelled and become fuller.
The ligaments which are responsible for supporting them will usually stretch after pregnancy as they become larger. Because of this stretching, your breasts will sag regardless of whether you breastfeed or not.
Exercise is a proven method of getting back into shape after a pregnancy. Sometimes, the problem can be helped by just strength training. If you think that you’ve put on a few extra pounds, this is where strength training and cardio would be beneficial.
Changing up your diet to include more fruits and vegetables may also help. But, for the most part, you should focus on getting more activity. Moving around more during the day, focusing more on running, swimming, and biking, or some other form of cardio, as well as lifting weights, will help you burn fat and build muscle.
Since muscle consumes more calories than fat for maintenance, you should notice a long-term slimming effect just by building more muscle. You don’t have to be bulky, either. If you’re not interested in lifting weights, your only other option is to jump on the treadmill or focus on increasing calorie expenditure through strict cardio.
Some of the best options involve surgery: see here. Breast lifting, augmentation, and evening will fix uneven breasts so that you look like you did pre-baby. If this is really important to you, then you owe it to yourself.
Like all surgery, there’s a risk. It may take several weeks to recover from the surgery, and you may notice a few side-effects like numbness or needling in your breast area. You may also notice some pain. This is normal.
Surgery involves working in and around nerves and muscles. If you are getting implants, the side-effects can be more pronounced. If you’re just getting a lift, then you may not experience severe side-effects at all.
Dr. Kevin Ruhge is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. When he's not running his busy practice in southern California, he's writing about the latest health and wellness news. Look for his articles on health and wellness blogs.