Dealing With Swelling During Pregnancy
October 13, 2015
Have you had to wear bigger shoes because of swelling recently? You’re not alone. Many pregnant women experience swelling due to their body producing 50% more blood and body fluids to meet the needs of the developing baby. 50%! Most women experience swelling, or edema, in their hands, face, legs, ankles, and feet. What will help you deal with this symptom safely? We’ll tell you in this article.
To help with swelling, avoid wearing clothes that are tight around your wrists or ankles- you don’t want any extra weight on your pressure points. Try and wear baggy clothing, mainly out of comfort, but flip flops are a great alternative to help with feet swelling. If you are pregnant in the winter time, Ugg-like boots, that are a half-size up, are a great alternative to give your feet some extra breathing room. Wearing compression socks during the day can also help with the swelling.
TAKE A LOAD OFF
Hopefully you’ll be able to stay off your feet and avoid standing for long periods of time. Once you are able to rest, sit with your feet up and rotate your feet at the ankles. This will help ease the swelling.
Speaking of resting, while sleeping, try sleeping on your left side. By doing so, this will take pressure off the large vein that returns blood from the lower half of your body to your heart, also known as the inferior vena cava. Try using pillows to elevate your legs slightly too.
Stay cool throughout the day by applying a cold washcloth to the areas that are swelling. If anything else, this will help soothe the annoying pressure of swelling.
TAKE A DIP
Being pregnant during the summer makes it feel like it is even harder to cool off, doesn’t it? Even if you don’t want to go swimming, just standing and/or walking in cooler water may provide temporary relief of your swelling. (And, it will feel SO good too!)
Be sure to stay active during the day- this will help get your blood flow moving. Try taking walks, riding a bike (even it if is stationery), or going swimming. Not only will it make you feel good to be moving, it will help with the swelling too.
Go get pampered by getting a professional massage! Have the masseuse focus on the areas of swelling. Or, give yourself a massage in the affected areas.
Tip: stroke swollen areas with a motion that is toward your heart. This will help excess fluids to go back to your heart. Remember to use firm pressure, but not so hard that it hurts.
Although it may seem counterproductive, it is so important to stay hydrated while pregnant. Drinking plenty of water is actually one of the best ways to flush out excess fluid.
Finally, always talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about your body during pregnancy. They’ll definitely want to know if you are having constant swelling at your monthly check-ups.
Did you experience swelling during pregnancy? Did anything help when dealing with it?
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