How to Tighten Loose Skin After Pregnancy

During pregnancy, the skin in your mid-section can stretch due to weight gain and a growing abdomen. That post-pregnancy loose or flabby skin doesn't have to hang around forever.

Some simple exercise can help you tighten up your tummy skin and help you return to your pre-pregnancy shape.

Tightening Loose Skin After Pregnancy
Be patient.

Remember, it took nine months to gain any pregnancy weight. So instead of going on a crash diet after delivering your baby, it's best to lose any pregnancy weight slowly; no more than 1 to 2 pound a week.

Although not being able to wear your pre-pregnancy clothes may test your patience, a slow and steady approach to weight loss with give your skin a better chance to adjust to slow changes to your body and lessens the chance you'll be left with saggy skin around the middle..

Build strength.

Although exercise won't tighten your skin, it can help you build and tone muscles to minimize the appearance of loose skin.

Crunches (sometimes called sit-ups) and other exercises that work out your core (abdomen, stomach and back) done twice a week can help improve the appearance of your midsection.

Aerobic exercise also helps.

Any cardio exercise (running, biking, swimming, brisk walking) can also improve the health and appearance of your skin. Aerobic exercise increases delivery of oxygen to your organs, including your skin, which can promote tighter, more attractive and youthful appearance of skin.

Aim for 30 minutes of cardio activity 2 to 3 times a week.

Because they can stimulate production of collagen, a connective tissue in the body that gives skin its elasticity and firmness, vitamins C and E can help promote tight, youthful skin. Daily servings of leafy greens, citrus fruits, almonds, tomatoes and avocados can help promote production of collagen in the skin, helping it appear firmer and healthier.