Swelling in pregnancy

Author: Shannon Miller Lifestyle

Swelling seems to go hand in hand with pregnancy, to varying degrees.pregnant resting

But there are ways we can manage most swelling by making just a few changes. According to the American Pregnancy Association, swelling in pregnancy may be reduced by eating foods that are high in potassium, like bananas, and by avoiding caffeine.

Here are some helpful hints to manage swelling during your pregnancy:

  • Avoid standing for long periods
  • Minimize outdoor time when it is hot
  • Rest with your feet elevated
  • Wear comfortable shoes, and avoid those sky high heels, if possible
  • You can also wear supportive tights or stockings
  • And avoid clothes that are tight around your wrists or ankles
  • Make sure you drink water, which helps flush the body and reduce water retention
  • Minimize your sodium intake
  • Swimming in a pool
  • Placing cold compresses on the swollen areas while resting

Remember, slight swelling is expected during pregnancy; however, swelling in pregnancy can also be a sign of preeclampsia.

It’s important to contact your health care provider about any sudden swelling.

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