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Reducing Swollen Extremities in Late Pregnancy

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• 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_230.bc

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

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