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What are the recommendations for swelling in the feet and legs during pregnancy?

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Recommendations for treating swelling in the feet and legs during pregnancy:

  • Try not to stay on your feet for long periods of time. Avoid standing in one place.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (at least 6-8 glasses of fluids a day).
  • Avoid foods high in salt (sodium).
  • Elevate your legs and feet while sitting. Avoid crossing your legs.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing; tight clothing can slow circulation and increase fluid retention.
  • Don't wear tight shoes; choose supportive shoes with low, wide heels.
  • Keep your diet rich in protein; too little protein can cause fluid retention.
  • Notify your health care provider if your hands or face swell. This may be a warning sign of preeclampsia.
  • Rest on your side during the day to help increase blood flow to your kidneys.

SOURCE:  The American Pregnancy Association.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 20, 2017

SOURCE:  The American Pregnancy Association.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 20, 2017

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