• Drinking lots of water to help flush excess fluid from the body
• Not crossing one’s legs or ankles
• Getting plenty of exercise
• Avoiding salty, processed food
• Not sitting or standing for too long
• Wearing comfortable shoes that will accommodate feet that swell throughout the day
• Sleeping on one’s left side so as not to put pressure on the vena cava
Though swollen feet and hands are not the most attractive part of pregnancy, moms-to-be can be assured that the swelling will usually go away rapidly once the baby is born. Through excess urination and sweating, the fluids that fill a pregnant woman’s tissues will be disposed of within a few days of child birth.
Babycenter.com. Web. 4 April 2012. “Edema during pregnancy.” http://www.babycenter.com/0_swollen-extremities-edema-during-pregnancy_2...
Preeclapsia.org. Web. 4 April 2012. “About preeclampsia”. http://preeclampsia.org/health-information?gclid=CJrw4ZnRnK8CFUhrtgodsgh9Zw
Reviewed April 5, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith