Health tips: Postpartum Swelling/Edema
Postpartum is the build up of water in the body tissues of a woman after delivery. This swelling or building up of water is due to the amount of fluids that escapes into the body tissues during pregnancy and after delivery.
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The swelling is naturally normal in woman who have just delivered; thou not all women actually experiences this but it occurs in most women. It is usually evident in the face, hands, legs, ankles and feet.
Here are some tips to help reduce the swelling
- Drink plenty water: Dehydration is a factor that helps to store up water to transport toxic substances through the kidneys out of the body which leads water retention thereby causing swelling.
- Don’t stand or sit in a particular spot for long as this can disrupt the flow of fluid and blood in the body.
- Place feet on an elevated platform with a soft pillow under the some of the feet to reduce swelling and promote blood circulation.
- Perform light exercises such as swimming, yoga, as they help to relax the blood vessels and prevents fluid retention.
- Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes as this can stop the flow of fluid/blood.
- Avoid eating foods high in sodium cause they tend to draw water from the body causing fluid retention such as table salt, processed food; eat foods high in potassium as they help to reduce sodium in the body such as banana, avocado, yorgurt.
- Avoid taking caffeinated drinks as they can cause dehydration instead take tea or yorghurts.
Note: if you notice an avbormally like increased swelling and pain in one or both legs, breathing difficulties, sudden swelling, pitting Odema as these could be indications for some disease conditions like kidney failure, heart disease.