Besides your belly getting bigger, you may feel also that other parts of your body are increasing in size as if they are full of water, and this happens mostly in your legs and feet. This is called pregnancy water retention and it is a very common condition that happens during pregnancy.
Are there any factors that contribute to Pregnancy Water Retention?
Yes, there are some factors, and when they occur, you are more likely to have this kind of swelling during pregnancy. These factors include:
- Not getting enough potassium in your diet
- Eating food that is rich in salt
- Consuming high levels of caffeine
- Hot and humid weather (like in Singapore)
- Standing for long periods of time
What can aggravate Pregnancy Water Retention?
Eating food that has too much salt in it is going to aggravate swelling. Therefore, watch your diet!
Not drinking enough water is going to aggravate your swelling.
Sitting or standing for long periods of time is not helpful.
2nd Measure: Drink Enough Water!
Many women think that they should limit their fluid intake because they are swelling. Nothing could be further from the truth. When there is excess water in the body, you still have to drink enough water so that you remain hydrated.
When you are adequately hydrated, the body is then able to have optimal fluid metabolism. When the fluids flow about more smoothly, there is less chance for accumulation of fluids!
4th Measure: Keep Moving!
Keep moving and stay active throughout the day!
This is akin to the previous measure – we don’t want you to stand all the time, but it isn’t good to stay sedentary all the time either!
If you have a corporate job which involves sitting in front of your computer, this advice applies to you! It can be difficult to walk long distances if you have water retention that makes it difficult to move around.
For this reason, it is important to keep moving even when your legs are not swollen. For those who find walking to be difficult, swimming is another activity you can engage in to keep moving without putting strain on your body. Moving will improve the swelling when you have Pregnancy Water Retention.
When is it a medical emergency?
Having swollen arms or legs during pregnancy is totally normal, however, you will have to call your doctor if any of the following happen:
- Your swelling is not getting better or it is getting worse.
- You are swelling in the face during pregnancy.
- Your blood pressure is raised.
- Only one leg is swollen and the other one is normal.
- You are feeling dizzy, having blurry vision, or experiencing a bad headache.
What you don’t want to have is this condition called Pre-Eclampsia. We hope that now you know what to expect from pregnancy edema, and how to manage it. Are you experience Pregnancy Water Retention?
Soma Clinic can help.