Swelling very well known as “Edema”; is an extremely common problem faced by women during and after pregnancy period. It is clinically proven that swelling is not a major problem, as it is treated very much easily if proper care is taken during/after pregnancy. Edema or swelling is occurred because of excess intake of fluids and water in the body tissues during pregnancy. While in our last trimester, your body accumulates high rate of hormone progesterone in the body as compared to a normal body.
This change in the body increases the rate of preserving water and sodium components in the uterus. Due to this increase, your uterus starts expanding and get squeezed against the blood vessels, thus there is decrease in blood flow to your ankles, legs and feet. While giving birth, due to the pushing motion in your body, the extra blood and other fluids gets washed away from the essential body parts and results in swollen hands, feet, legs even face.
Are you worried about the same problem? Don’t be afraid!
Following Are Some Very Effective And Useful Ways For Reducing Swelling After Pregnancy (Through Vaginal Delivery):
1. Healthy Diet, A Core Step:
Having a proper and healthy diet increase blood and its circulation in the body. This increase in blood gives you energy which is required after delivery. Add fresh vegetables & fruits and carbohydrate & protein rich meals. Try not to intake processed foods as they contain high rate of sodium which can cause bloat in blood.
2. Drink More Water:
Drinking more water helps your body to release excess fluids which was stored in the body during pregnancy. Water also helps in managing your kidneys. More fluid helps in maintain the hydration level of your body and minimize edema. It is must to drink 8 to 10 glasses (2 liters approximately) of water each day. Avoid drinks which includes soda, sugar and processed fruits juices.
3. Exercises, A Regular Habitat:
Including exercises in your daily routine after pregnancy helps in reducing the pain of edema. Perform mild yoga’s, light walking in home or outdoors and even you can perform some water aerobic exercises to sooth your postpartum swollen body joints. Doing exercise helps in sweating which takes away excess fluids from the body.
4. Uplift Hands And Feet:
It is very important to place swollen hands and feet above the heart, as it increases the blood flow in the effected parts of the body. Every woman after delivery should try to keep the feet raised for at least half-an-hour every day to reduce swelling. Hands and feet in elevated position ease your body from the swelling pain.
5. Mild Ankle Massage:
Ankle massage improves fluid circulation in the swollen legs parts as it drains out excess fluid from the body more easily. These were some very effective and easy ways to reduce swelling problem for women who have experienced giving birth through episiotomy or vaginal tearing.
Moreover, swelling problem is little bit uncomfortable for women who gives birth through C-section. For reducing the swelling from the joints of body after C-section, ice pack is the best option to choose. Keep an ice-pack on the C-section incision area or the perineum, this will help in soothing the pain and will give you comfort. In addition to this, having warm water bath also gives great comfort to the body.
Swelling is just a part of this period; enjoy motherhood with great positive energy, responsibilities and happiness. In fact, the joy of being a mother naturally reduces every pain suffered during/after the pregnancy!