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Most women who have given birth worry that their breasts will sag as they get older. Women’s breasts are considered an important part of their appearance, so the thought of them losing their perkiness over time can cause many to develop a negative body image and low self-esteem.
While every woman should embrace the natural changes to her body, there are natural and easy ways to ensure as little changes to her body as possible and maintain strong and healthy confidence.
Don’t Blame Breastfeeding
Although breastfeeding has been blamed for saggy breasts, a 2008 study from the Aesthetic Surgery Journal states that this is not the culprit. Rather, pregnancy itself is the cause of increased sagging, brought on by the loosening of ligaments throughout the body.
During pregnancy, breasts grow due to the enlargement of ducts. The skin stretches to accommodate this growth. During breastfeeding, the breasts continue to grow as milk fills the ducts. It is possible that breastfeeding may make one breast larger than the other, as one breast may produce more milk.
Conditions that Can Cause Sagging Breasts
Age in itself causes breasts to sag as time goes by. The cumulative effect of gravity, as well as skin thinning and dry skin, cause this problem. Additionally, women who have had tuberculosis or breast cancer have a greater risk of sagging breasts. All of these factors are out of a woman’s control. Body changes are natural but if you find yourself unable to love those changes, the options below should help to restore the confidence you are lacking in no time.
Strategies to Prevent Sagging Breasts
- The Effect of Rapid Weight Loss
For all the new moms out there, many are quick to want to drop their baby weight as soon as possible. While breastfeeding is a viable way to lose some pounds, you may be going about it too quickly. It’s important to allow the skin around the breasts to adapt to your body’s changes, therefore, if you lose too much weight too quickly, your breasts may appear deflated.
- Stay Hydrated
Dehydrated skin equals unhappy skin. Dry skin tends to sag much quicker as it becomes sensitive and vulnerable to the environment. It is recommended to drink at least two litres of water a day in order to maintain perky and strong skin. Too much exposure to the sun is also a culprit of dehydrated skin.
If you are sunbathing it’s important to apply a hydrating sunscreen that will protect your skin from the sun. A woman’s chest is typically more susceptible to sunburns so if need be, apply a higher SPF to that part of your body. After your next shower, make sure to apply a very hydrating moisturizer to your entire body.
- Proper Nutrition
A healthy diet can help prevent sagging. Foods rich in phytonutrients like pomegranates keep the ligaments and muscles toned. Make sure that your diet is balanced, containing plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Having a balanced diet can also keep your weight steady, avoiding the skin stretching and scarring that takes place with weight gain.
- Smoking and Alcohol Use
Smoking and excessive alcohol use can both contribute to saggy breasts. There is an undeniable link between accelerated aging and smoking, meaning that a smoker is likely to develop wrinkles and a lack of skin elasticity much earlier than non-smokers due to the reduced oxygenation in your body.
Alcohol causes inflammation in the body, causing lowered blood flow circulation, which leaves your skin looking dull, dehydrated and over time will cause sagging. If you enjoy more than the occasional drink, it may be time to consider gradually cutting back.
- Wear a Properly Fitted Bra
Wearing the right bra can be a huge help in preventing breast sagging. Make sure your cup size is correct. Find a bra with wider straps and a wider band. This will support your breasts properly and make sagging less likely. If you have larger breasts that don’t fit correctly in the department store sizes there are many custom lingerie shops that make custom bras for every woman’s needs.
- Correct Your Posture
While good posture can’t stop breast sagging, it can reduce the appearance of it. Make sure that you sit up straight and avoid hunching over. Your breasts will appear firmer and it will also help to avoid other back problems that can be caused by slouching.
- Do Pectoral Exercises
It is wise for all women to have an exercise routine, but specific exercises targeting the chest area can help make breasts look firmer. Dumbbell raises, push-ups, and chest presses can all help your upper body strength and firmness.
Massage your breasts at home a few times each week. Use olive oil or coconut oil for a natural moisturized glow. Massaging your breasts will boost skin elasticity and blood circulation, which keeps the skin firm and toned.
- Moisturize And Exfoliate
A good quality moisturizing lotion or cream is essential for avoiding sagging. Find a nutrient natural and nutrient-rich product aimed at maintaining skin elasticity and deep hydration. Try to establish a daily moisturizing routine, especially after coming out of the shower to avoid your skin drying out.
If you want to go the extra mile, try a DIY all-natural exfoliator every couple of weeks. Exfoliating removes dry and dead skin, helping the breasts to appear more youthful. It also promotes skin cell rejuvenation and blood flow.
If you’re expecting and reading this, starting a moisturizing and exfoliating routine while pregnant is a great way to get ahead of the game. It is important to note that some skin care products are not safe to use while pregnant so make sure to do your research on natural and non-harmful ingredients to use during pregnancy.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding are a beautiful part of life and no woman should be afraid to do so because of the changes to their bodies. If you follow a healthy diet, stay hydrated and establish a regular moisturizing routine then your breasts and body’s natural changes will be minor and welcomed.