Skin problems after pregnancy: food tips

Dry and itchy skin is a common condition after pregnancy which some find annoying. Editor's Beauty's Alicia shares her top tips on nutritious food to get your glow back post-pregnancy.

BABYBJÖRN Magazine – Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are good for your skin after pregnancy.
Berries such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are packed full of the potent water-soluble antioxidant vitamin C.
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Skin problems may be one of the signs of the hormone imbalance new mums may experience after pregnancy. Dry, itchy skin or rashes are not unusual after giving birth to your baby. But there are certain foods you can eat that may actually help your complexion back to normal again.

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Here are 5 post-pregnancy foods to try:

Skin problems after pregnancy – 5 tips on complexion-friendly food

1. Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli
Containing numerous antioxidant compounds and they help the liver break down excess hormones. Read also: Post-pregnancy diets for new mums

2. Lemons
A good source of vitamin C, which has several important functions and also has a cleansing effect that can help to improve your skin. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (not the bottled variety) to pure water and drink on a daily basis.

3. Omega-3 fats
Yes these beauties have made an appearance again but if we want healthy skin and hair we need to keep indulging.

4. Berries
Berries such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are packed full of the potent water-soluble antioxidant vitamin C, a critical nutrient for hair growth and skin health.

5. Fibre rich foods
The number one nutrient for maintaining proper digestive function, fibre is also a fantastic natural cleanser. Eating more fibre helps the body to rid itself of toxins and helps to cleanse your body by stimulating regular bowel movements, which is good for the skin too. The best natural sources of fibre include whole-grain cereals, pasta and rice, fresh fruit and vegetables (especially with the skins left on), beans, lentils and almonds.

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Alicia Irvine-MacDougall

Always a keen fitness fanatic, former magazine editor Alicia Irvine-MacDougall set up Editor’s Beauty after being inspired by her own experience of pregnancy and parenting. As the first of her friends to have children and with over 10 years’ experience working on fashion and beauty publications, Alicia quickly became the go-to-gal amongst her friends for advice on pre & postnatal exercise, nutrition, beauty and regaining that pre-baby confidence.

A hub for mums and mums-to-be, Editor’s Beauty provides insider tips on everything from exercise and nutrition, to stylish yet kid-friendly retreats, and beauty products and treatments that actually work!