The belly will not be the only part of the body to undergo changes with the pregnancy. The breasts also increase in volume as soon as the production of breast milk and the baby's breastfeeding begins. The increase in breast volume during this phase is initiated through the action of hormones that develop the ducts responsible for producing breast milk. This increase is capable of favoring the breakdown of elastin and collagen fibers which, when they return to their natural size, will no longer have the same support as before pregnancy.
But, there are many precautions to be taken during the gestation phase and also after the baby is born. Home care or specialized care can be a good way to prevent sagging breasts and sagging breast tissue. One of these ways includes trying to stay at the recommended ideal weight for your health and the health of your baby while you are pregnant, and the other is to eat lots of nutrients and drink plenty of fluids. In addition, it is necessary to keep the breasts hydrated with specific creams and body oils, they are nourishing and maintain the elasticity of the sensitive fibers of the skin. Learn more about these precautions.
How to prevent stretch marks and sagging during pregnancy
Stretch marks can insist on appearing, even with all these precautions, and for those who are very concerned about them, there is an infrared light-based treatment that must be done before becoming pregnant. In this method, a light is used that stimulates collagen production and skin hydration. This light improves the general condition of the breast tissue, and favors the firmness of the skin. After four or six sessions, the woman will be more prepared for the breast growth that naturally occurs during pregnancy, and will suffer less from fissures and sagging skin.
Keep your skin hydrated with rosehip oil, coconut oil, or almond oil. If you prefer, you can also complement hydration with moisturizing skin creams, such as oat cream.
Food to keep breast skin firm
Fruits and vegetables that contain lycopene are excellent foods to help maintain breast skin. These foods can be easily recognized by their reddish coloration. So we have apple, tomato, strawberry, watermelon, red pepper, papaya, guava, and red grapefruit, as main suppliers of lycopene for our nutritious diet.
In addition to these, also incorporate coconut water and green juices, as they are hydrating, antioxidants and strengthen the cells.
Exercises to keep your breasts firm
Some exercises can help maintain the structure and firmness of the skin. Even being pregnant, it is possible to practice practical exercises that do not pose any risks to pregnancy. Just join your hands at chest height and press one hand against the other, causing the breasts to contract. Another simple exercise can be done with arms open and bent at chest height. The movement that completes this exercise is the opening and closing of the arms.
Despite appearing light, these movements strengthen the pectoral muscles that provide structure so that the breasts do not become sagging.
Breast with cracked nipple
The breasts experience dryness when the baby starts breastfeeding. Saliva in contact with the nipples causes painful cracking and bleeding. The tip to avoid such suffering is to prepare the breast for breastfeeding before the baby is born. It is recommended that the pregnant woman sunbathes with her breasts bare, in the morning or in the afternoon, for at least 30 minutes.
Now, when the baby starts to suckle, the ideal is to keep the place clean and hydrated with ointments for diaper rash indicated for the baby, or almond oil. So, every time the baby goes to breastfeed, clean the breasts using saline. The same cleaning should be carried out after the baby is breastfed as well.
Make this care your routine and you will notice a considerable improvement in the condition of the cracked nipple as the days go by.
How to recover saggy breasts after pregnancy
Sagging breasts are difficult to recover without surgical intervention, which is why it is so important to take care of them as soon as you are positive about pregnancy. As much as we try to hydrate flaccid breasts, we realize that the breasts do not have the structure to keep them firm, so a medical evaluation will be the most important. Sometimes, what happens to the breast is just an excess of skin, and in these cases, it is enough to reposition it, without the need for implants. The appropriate method for these cases is a facelift. Lifting is not always done with silicone implants, the need for these will depend on the surgeon's assessment.
The most recommended indication by specialists, in these cases, are silicone implants, breast lifting or application of Russian thread. However, to apply Russian thread, the skin of the breasts should not be so flaccid. What the Russian thread does is create a kind of support network with specific and resistant threads, so that the breasts are supported at the desired height.
All these methods require prior evaluation, clinical and laboratory tests. Some of these tests are the complete blood count, the coagulogram and the mammogram, to check for the existence of breast nodules or cysts that can become breast cancer.
A surgery for silicone implants indicated for breast repair should be carried out after a period of eight to twelve months after delivery. In this period, the woman should also not be breastfeeding for 3 months. Another aggravating factor of post-pregnancy surgery should be the patient's recovery, which will last from 4 to 8 weeks. The problem is how this patient should recover while caring for a baby who still needs to be held and a lot of attention. Therefore, it is ideal to make a good planning, considering the entire situation of the moment, and seek support from family and relatives.