why you may have edema during pregnancy

I am lucky, I did not have any problems like edema during my pregnancies. But, it quite common during pregnancy, and it typically subsides after delivery.It's estimated that about 75% of women will experience swelling around the legs and ankles at some point during pregnancy. It occurs due to excessive accumulation of the fluids.

When swelling is found all over the body it appears very serious. One should report this type of swelling to your midwife or doctor immediately. You should also report swelling that does not go away after many hours of rest. The swelling late in pregnancy is usually mild and limited to the ankles and legs.

In the second and third trimesters, swelling in your legs and feet is a normal part of pregnancy. Fluids get «stuck» in these areas because more weight is pressing on them while at the same time your blood circulation has slowed down. Swelling usually appears in the second trimester, and can be lessened if you keep your legs raised for part of each day. You cannot avoid swelling by drinking less fluid or taking less salt

Some home remedies:

-Boil a few tablespoons of coriander seed in two cups of water. Reduce to a cup and drink twice a day for three days. This is very useful home remedy for foot swelling

-If you stand at work, try to move around slightly or get a stool to prop a foot up.

-Eat foods high in protein, such as beans, cheese, fish, meat, poultry and tofu

-Prepare a drink by adding the fresh juice of a lemon in a cup of warm water and drink to help decrease fluid retention. This is also very useful home remedy for foot swelling.

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    8Theresa Gould
    Elena, some recommend Dr. Brewer's diet for edema especially if it is because of high blood pressure. And part of his diet is a diet high in protein. I don't know much about it but remember looking it up just to find out a little more about it when I first heard about it years ago.
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