Hot weather, salty foods and soft drinks are one of the main causes for the occurrence of edema in pregnancy. There are several things that you yourself can do to reduce the swelling that probably bothers you in these hot days.
Fluid retention in the body during pregnancy is normal, which means difficulties in movement, pain in the legs and arms, discomfort, and may indicate that the pregnant woman has high blood pressure, poor circulation or preeclampsia.
The placenta grows most intensively during the third trimester, and creates pressure on the major blood vessels that carry fluid in the feet and ankles. Because of the actions of the hormones in pregnancy, more fluid is retained in the tissues than in the blood and lymph vessels.
The feet suffer the most from the swellings, especially if you stand on them a longer period of time . Another cause of edema is insufficient protein intake, and increased body weight.
In case of swelling on the face (possibly visual impairment) or swelling on only one leg or arm, go to the doctor, this can be caused by an alteration in the function of the kidneys and not the weather.
HOW TO CHECK IF YOU HAVE SWELLINGS ON YOUR LEGS?
Press on the main bone of the front part of the foot with your finger, and if you leave a “white” trace from the pressure of the fingers, then it is swollen.
HOW CAN YOU HELP YOURSELF?
First off all take out the salt from your diet, especially the salty cheese. The salt that is in the bread is quite sufficient for the entire day. Drink plenty of water, do not drink soda, because it helps the swelling.
Rest frequently, especially with raised legs. When you lie down you must place a pillow between your legs, so the circulation in the legs improves. Lie on the left side, in this fashion you’re avoiding the danger of creating a pressure on the large blood vessels, which are located in the right part of the chest, are responsible for ensuring an uninterrupted flow of the blood in the lower part of the body.
Do light exercises appropriate for pregnancy or modestly walks that stimulate circulation. Do not sit cross-legged, stand or sit for a very long time.
Wear light, comfortable clothing, especially in hot summer days. Mild massage for the feet is recommended, as well as wearing comfortable and flat shoes.