Holding on to extra fluids during pregnancy is not fun! Your body is already changing in many ways and that extra swelling can make you feel so much more uncomfortable.
Pregnant during the summer? The heat can usually make the swelling even more cumbersome. Luckily there are a few simple changes you can make to help keep all that swelling manageable.
Here are 3 simple ways to reduce swelling during pregnancy
1. Drink raspberry leaf tea
Raspberry leaf tea is a wonderful tonic for pregnancy. One of it’s many benefits is that it is incredibly nutrient dense. The extra vitamins and minerals from the tea will help your body absorb fluids better which will reduce swelling.
2. Put your legs up the wall
This may sound funny to do, especially if you’re 9 months pregnant, but it works! Place some pillows on the floor, lay on your back and keep your legs up the wall. This helps tremendously with circulation. Most women who are struggling with swelling feel it most in their lower legs and feet. By keeping your legs up the wall, you’re helping redistribute the fluids.
3. Add electrolytes to your water
That extra swelling may be telling you that your body needs some help absorbing the water that you’re drinking. Adding electrolytes is perfect for increasing absorption. And it’s really easy! Just add a splash of fresh lemon juice or a (small) pinch of salt to your water.
P.S. If you do have a lot of swelling, make sure to check in with your doctor. Sometimes the swelling can indicate that other things are happening in your body and you want to talk with your doctor to make sure it’s all normal.
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