How to Reduce Fluid Retention During Pregnancy

fluid retention during pregnancy

Swollen ankles and puffy fingers ankles and puffy fingers are common in pregnancy. Read on for ways to reduce fluid retention.

Gradual swelling in your hands, feet, ankles and calves is common in
pregnancy, especially towards the end. It’s caused by the increased fluid in your body for your baby, and may worsen as the day draws on as fluid pools in the lower limbs.It may be uncomfortable, but in most cases swelling doesn’t mean that anything is wrong, and it usually disappears after the birth.

However, it can be a symptom of a serious condition.
“If it’s sudden or severe, get it checked, as it could be a sign of the serious pregnancy condition pre-eclampsia. Also speak to a health professional if it’s affecting your day-to-day life, going on for a long time, or getting worse. If one calf is more swollen than the other, see a health professional to rule out a blood clot.”

Normal pregnancy swelling, however, can be treated by doing the following…

Stay Hydrated
Drinking lots of water may seem counter-intuitive when you’re trying to reduce the amount of fluid in your body! However, that’s what you
should do. Drink 1½ to 2 litres a day. If you get dehydrated your body will retain water, which can worsen swelling.”

Put Your Feet Up
Avoid standing for long periods, as fluid will pool in the lower parts of your body.  Being on your feet all day isn’t good. You should already
have had a risk assessment at work, but if you feel your job is making your symptoms worse, speak to your manager or HR department and ask them to reassess the situation. Spend an hour a day lying down with your feet propped up on cushions so they’re raised above your heart.

Keep Moving
Gentle exercise, such as brisk walking or swimming, will encourage your body to pump blood to your vital organs, rather than pooling. If you’re in a job you sit for a long time, do foot exercises at your desk.”

Dress Wisely
Choose loose outfits. Avoid tight-fitting jeans and boots or shoes with straps that could pinch. Flip-flops or comfy sandals are ideal (you may
need to buy a larger size though!). You may also need to remove rings. Compression stockings apply pressure to your lower legs, helping to
maintain blood flow and reduce swelling. Some people find them helpful, but if the swelling is that bad, speak to a health professional.”

Eat healthily
Caffeine will dehydrate you, so limit your intake. Cut out salt where possible, as it will cause your body to retain more fluid.

Tell a health professional if you gain a lot of weight, as this can also be a symptom of pre-eclampsia.

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