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Swelling During Pregnancy

Swelling During Pregnancy...

Are you wondering why everything seems to expand while you are pregnant? It's called edema.

Your body increases blood and fluids to prepare your joints and bones for delivery.
Swelling During Pregnancy

Many women experience feet swelling during pregnancy.

Depending on the cause, this can be a simple albeit somewhat uncomfortable condition that can be left to go away on its own, or it may be indicative of a serious underlying condition that needs immediate medical attention.

Swelling feet of course is a condition that can be experienced by anyone, but its occurrence during pregnancy demands coverage all of its own.

Feet swelling during pregnancy is very often due to edema, a condition which results from fluid buildup in your system.

Your system comes up with quite a bit of extra blood to help you care for your growing baby.

But in addition to that, your uterus grows and expands in size, which puts additional pressure on your veins.

This results in circulation slowing down quite a bit - and as a result, blood pools in certain areas and water accumulates in foot tissue.

This water can sometimes take a little more time to be discarded by your system and has nowhere to go while it "waits", leading to edema.

Take note, though, that should the swelling be severe and be accompanied by swelling in the face and hands, it could be pre-eclampsia, which is a very serious condition that can reduce blood flow to your placenta and can thus be dangerous for both you and your baby.

If you experience your feet swelling during pregnancy, there may be no need to worry because this is a transitory condition that may fade in and out throughout the course of your pregnancy and will definitely go away for good after you give birth.

And there are some things that you can do to help manage the swelling, too, if not get rid of it altogether.

Here are some tips to help relieve the discomfort of swelling during pregnancy...

1. Drink enough water
Not only does your baby need enough water to live in your uterus but you need water to eliminate waste from your body.

Drinking plenty of water helps wash away toxins and excess salt which adds to swelling.

You should drink about ten bottles of water a day while pregnant.

2. Eat foods that contain potassium
Eating food high in potassium helps level out and control water levels in your body.

This will help you feel more comfortable and feel less swollen.

3. Control your salt intake
If you add salt to your food, this plays a big factor in swelling.

You do not want high blood pressure while pregnant because it can cause pregnancy risks.

Many moms with high blood pressure do have safe healthy pregnancies but severe high blood pressure can cause death to you and your baby.

4. Pamper your feet
You should try to avoid standing for long periods of time and elevate your feet any chance you get.

Make sure you wear very comfortable shoes because with the extra weight you will put on, your feet will be painful and swell.

5. Wear comfortable clothing
Wearing tight fitted clothing can increase swelling and will make you feel very uncomfortable.

There are fashionable maternity outfits you can buy and they will make you feel so much more relived than when wearing tight clothes.

6. Limit caffeine intake
Caffeine decreases water levels in your body and can cause dehydration.

If you do not have enough water it can cause cramps, and will unbalance water levels.

Your body will begin to swell and you will not feel well if you are dehydrated.

7. Apply cold compresses
To help decrease swelling you may want to apply cold compresses.

Wrap ice or a cold pack in a towel and apply about 3 times a day for about 15 minutes each time.

Relaxing in a cool pool may also help with swelling and relieve pressure.

8. Exercise regularly
If you perform light exercise every day, it helps increase blood flow and circulation.

Increasing circulation helps keep your body from collecting blood in your extremities and increase swelling.

Of course some swelling is normal during pregnancy but if you have sudden swelling or swelling of one leg and not the other, seek medical help right away.

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