Unfortunately, swelling is a very natural and common part of pregnancy. The body produces approximately 50% more blood and body fluids to meet the needs of the developing baby and this often results in swollen hands, face, legs, ankles, and feet.
This isn’t happening just to torture us, however. This extra retention of fluid is needed to soften the body, which enables it to expand as the baby develops. Extra fluid also helps prepare the pelvic joints and tissues to open for delivery. The extra fluids account for approximately 25% of the weight women gain during pregnancy.
Remedies to swelling during pregnancy:
- Avoid standing for long periods.
- Minimize outdoor time when it is hot.
- Rest with your feet elevated.
- Wear comfortable shoes, avoiding high heels if possible.
- Wear supportive tights or stockings.
- Avoid clothes that are tight around your wrists or ankles.
- Rest or swim in a pool.
- Use cold compresses on swollen areas.
- Drink water, which helps flush the body and reduce water retention.
- Minimize sodium (salt) intake and avoid adding additional salt to meals.
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