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Tips to reduce swelling during pregnancy

During pregnancy, the body produces about 50% more blood and other body fluids to cater for the developing foetus. The additional blood and fluid results in normal swelling, oedema; of the ankle, face, legs, hands or feet. The extra retention of the fluid is important in softening the body for the baby’s expansion, preparing the pelvic joints and tissues to coordinate delivery. Selling occurs at the fifth month and increases on the third trimester. Below are tips that help reduce the swelling.

1.Sleep on your left side.

This lowers the pressure off the inferior venal cover ( large vein ) that returns blood to your heart from the lower body. Elevating your legs using a pillow helps in smooth blood flow around your body.

2.Wear compression stockings.

During the day, avoid tight socks or stockings around the ankles or calves. And wear waist high maternity support stockings before you get out of bed in the morning so that blood doesn’t pool around your ankles.

3.Wear loose clothing.

Tight clothing restricts blood flow and you should avoid them at all cost till you put to bed. Free blood circulation ensures proper nourishment of the baby and eliminate the possibility of blood pooling in a given region.

4.Stretch your legs frequently.

Put your feet up whenever possible; at work, keep a stool, a carton or a pile of books under your desk. Don’t cross your legs while seated. Always stretch out your legs, heels first and gently flex you foot to stretch your calves. Rotate your ankles with toe wiggling.

5. Take regular breaks from standing or sitting and wear comfortable shoes.

Frequent short walks are best in clearing the blood pools and ensuring proper circulation. Avoid high heels and other discomforting foot wears that results in swelling on the legs, ankles and toes.

6. Stay hydrated.

 Water clears toxins in the body and ensures less fluids are retained. Have about 10 cups of water or other hydrating beverages a day.

7.Exercise regularly.

 First consult with your gynaecologist then register for comfortable yoga sessions. Such routines ensures proper circulation and eliminates fatigue and any other discomforts that may trigger blood pools.

8. Eat healthily.

Include a lot of fruit and vegetables in your diets. Take vitamin C rich foods ( pepper, potatoes, tomatoes and  broccoli.), vitamin E ( nuts, sun flower seeds, wheat germ ) and foods rich in antioxidants ( prunes, cranberries, raspberries, blueberries. ) and potassium ( green beans, bananas, sweet potatoes, clams, and molasses. )



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