How to treat swollen feet (Oedema) during pregnancy?

swollen feet during pregnancy


Swollen feet (oedema) are often common for pregnant women, especially in the last 3 months period of pregnancy. According to statistics, 90% of pregnant women face this problem. Below are some reasons for this problem.

  • The amount of flood pooling to feet is more than usual.
  • There is an increase in the concentration of salt and caffeine.
  • Pregnant women stand for a long time.
  • There is a decrease in the levels of potassium in the pregnant women’s diet.
  • Uric acid levels are high in the blood.
  • It may be due to hormonal changes in the body of pregnant women.

How to reduce puffiness

  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Try not to stand for long periods of time; let’s take a rest for stretching and relaxing your legs.
  • Soak your feet in the warm water from 10 to 15 minutes per day. This is an effective way to relax feet and to reduce puffiness.
  • Shouldn’t drink alcohol and caffeine containing drinks because they not only have harmful influences on unborn babies but also cause oedema in the body of pregnant women.
  • Shouldn’t eat some off the foods that are high in salt.
  • Comply with a scientific and balanced diet. Eat a lot of protein-rich foods protein such as beans and dairy products. Eat a lot of vegetables such as sweet leaf and cabbage and fresh fruits. Encourage pregnant women to eat foods containing many vitamins, calcium, and zinc.
  • Exercise regularly is one of the effective ways to quickly improve this problem. Appropriate exercises such as yoga will help flood circulate easily.
  • Implement measures to massage your feet, for example, rotating feet. It is a very useful way in which you can rotate your ankle in a big circle and then fold your foot back; and followed by rotating each toe according to the clockwise, then switch legs. Try to do it 2-3 times each day, each time for 10 minutes. Or simply, lie back on the cushion or the floor, slowly raise each leg, then lower it and switch legs.

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