Swelling may be reduced by eating foods that are high in potassium, such as bananas, and by avoiding caffeine. Here are some other helpful hints to manage swelling during your pregnancy:

* Avoid standing for long periods
* Minimize outdoor time when it is hot
* Rest with your feet elevated
* Wear comfortable shoes, avoiding high heels if possible
* Wear supportive tights or stockings
* Avoid clothes that are tight around your wrists or ankles
* Rest or swim in a pool
* Use cold compresses on swollen areas
* Drink water, which helps flush the body and reduce water retention
* Minimize sodium (salt) intake and avoid adding additional salt to meals

Information courtesy of Americanpregnancy.org


Water retention is common during pregnancy. Use these helpful tips to manage it.

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