Healthy Pregnancy

What to do about swelling during pregnancy

Swelling is a normal part of pregnancy. Your circulatory system is relaxed and sluggish, which can contribute to fluid retention. Swelling is also a healthy way your body helps support the extra blood volume in the week or two before you give birth.

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  • Drink plenty of water. Dehydration will not reduce swelling, since swelling comes from excess water in your tissues, not your blood.
  • Take frequent rest periods with your feet raised to the level of your hips when you have to be on your feet for long amounts of time.
  • Do not wear clothing that is restrictive.
  • Sit in the cross-legged position whenever possible, and do pelvic rocking daily to promote good circulation.
  • Try swimming or water aerobics daily. The pressure of the water helps to improve return circulation reducing swelling.
  • Try upward stroking massage with oils including lavender, geranium or rosemary to lessen swelling.
  • Try soaking your feet in warm water with two drops each of bensoin, rose and orange oils. Or add the essential oils to a tablespoon of a base oil to use for a foot massage.
  • Try using lymphatic massage techniques to drain the lymph system in the legs.
  • Be sure you are exercising daily. Exercise such as walking helps maintain proper blood and lymph circulation to move fluids out of your legs.
Jennifer (Author)