It’s a given fact that pregnancy can affect almost every part of your body – from swollen feet and an aching back to acne breakouts and falling hair. These changes are natural and often go away whether in the latter stages of your pregnancy or after birth.
But for many women, there is worry that some changes may be more permanent than others, especially changes that concern the breasts.
One of the first signs of pregnancy is that your breasts become swollen and enlarged. This is because of the increase of the hormone estrogen that is responsible for your breasts’ milk production.
While you might be fine with your breasts getting bigger, are pleased about it even, you might not enjoy your breasts’ tenderness and hypersensitivity as much. And that soreness will only increase as the birth nears.
When it comes to the appearance of your breasts, you might be surprised to find that your nipples and areolas have darkened, and that the veins along your breasts have become more visible. These are also normal changes caused by pregnancy hormones and the increased blood supply in your breasts.
Granted that pregnancy isn’t the leading cause of saggy breasts – aging has been proven to be the main culprit – it certainly doesn’t help when you don’t take the steps to prevent it.
The thing about pregnancy that can lead to saggy breasts is the rapid weight gain and subsequent weight loss. Throughout your pregnancy, make sure you’re able to maintain a healthy weight gain. Putting on too much weight can result in your breasts losing elasticity when stretched too much.
Now this next one might sound odd but it is equally important – include saturated fat in your diet.
You read it right. Having a healthy dose of foods with saturated fat, such as pork, beef, butter and cheese, makes your skin cells stronger and more elastic. Of course, the keyword here is healthy dose.
Weaning gradually also helps in preventing saggy breasts.
There’s a common notion among women that breastfeeding makes breasts droopy. So naturally, the earlier you wean your baby, the higher the chances of your breasts remaining as perky as they were before, right?
Actually, it’s the complete opposite.
When you abruptly stop breastfeeding, especially between the 4 to 6-month mark when the baby’s demand for milk is highest, you will most probably end up with pounds of excess skin that would’ve otherwise naturally shrunk.
Don’t worry. There are natural ways to remedy that.
One of which is incorporating more chest exercises into your workout routine. While they don’t actually have any effect on your breasts specifically, they can tone your pectoral muscles which can make your breasts appear fuller. Exercises like push-ups and weight-lifting are effective ways of firming up your pectoral muscles.
A more underrated way of remedying droopy breasts is massage. Massaging your breasts 2-3 times a week with the addition of essential oils or breast cream will increase the blood flow in your chest and will stimulate muscle growth and cell repair.
Applying substances like creams or oils that have natural skin-tightening properties that can help firm sagging breasts. Aloe vera, grape seed oil, fennel seed oil, lemongrass oil and coconut oil are just some of examples that can add firmness to your breasts, restore their suppleness and increase breast elasticity.
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