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Home Remedies for Swollen Feet during Pregnancy
As your pregnancy progresses, you may experience swelling in your feet and ankles,
especially if you are standing for long periods of time, require uncomfortable shoes or live in a warm climate.
Fortunately, having swollen feet is completely normal, and there are many safe and natural remedies that you can try at home to reduce swelling and feel more comfortable.
Walking can help you deal with swollen feet when you are pregnant. It can help relieve fluid retention in several ways.
First, there is a continuous contraction and pumping of the leg muscles when walking. This helps the extra fluid squeeze out of the tissues.
Second, the elevated heart rate increases the circulation of blood in the legs, which helps eliminate fluid from the extremities.
As an additional advantage, walking regularly assures you that you are strong and have a lot of resistance when it is time for delivery.
Walking is a safe activity to continue during the nine months of pregnancy.
Start with a slow walk and gradually increase your pace and duration, from 20 to 60 minutes.
Drink more water
By drinking more water, you can eliminate excess fluid in your hands and legs.
If this sounds strange, this is the reasoning: when your body becomes dehydrated, your kidneys feel the need to retain as much water as they can,
but water is not enough. By drinking as much water as you can, your kidneys will realize that they can eliminate excess fluid.
Decrease your caffeine intake
Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it increases urination, which causes dehydration and fluid retention.
Replace your caffeine with a cup of chamomile or peppermint tea, which contains many beneficial trace minerals such as potassium.
Eat foods rich in potassium
Foods rich in potassium can help eliminate sodium from the body and maintain the proportion of salt in water in the body.
Sodium causes water retention, so eating foods high in potassium can be very useful in preventing or eliminating edema of the feet during pregnancy.
An adequate amount of potassium also helps keep your blood pressure under control.
A pregnant woman should aim for 2,000 to 4,000 mg of potassium per day.
Some foods rich in potassium include bananas, avocados, figs, romaine lettuce, chives, watercress, celery, molasses, papaya,
parsley, rhubarb, artichokes, carob, kiwi, plum juice, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, cabbage, dill, arugula and escarole