This post is a follow-up from Monday. (I actually forgot I brought this up already (!) but I found more info about it that’s worth further investigation…)
The hormonal aspect of cellulite is still a mystery to me. We recently received some fascinating intel that provides a solid clue to the cellulite/hormone connection.
I have suffered from cellulite since I was a teenager. I am now in my forties. It is very visible on the front, sides and backs of my legs… there was one point in my life when I was completely and utterly cellulite free… I was pregnant with a boy, and during the pregnancy and for up to one year afterwards, I was cellulite free.
I’ve heard of women losing their cellulite while nursing, so I thought maybe it was coincidence that she was pregnant with a boy. So I asked Jessie if she had any other pregnancies and if she noticed a difference with her cellulite then.
Turns out she was pregnant three times, with big gaps in between. First with a girl, then a boy, then a girl again. The only one that affected her cellulite was her pregnancy with the boy. Fascinating, right?!
I did some sleuthing online and most sources seemed to confirm that the sex of the child didn’t have a significant impact on the mother’s hormones.
But then I found this study published in 1978 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers measured the testosterone levels of 180 women during weeks 7 to 20 of pregnancy. Testosterone concentrations in women with male fetuses showed an increase beginning in week 7, reaching a maximum during weeks 9 to 11, followed by a decrease until weeks 15 to 20.
Could it be the boost in testosterone is what helped Jessie get rid of her cellulite? Please share your thoughts on the cellulite/hormone connection. We need a breakthrough here!
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