During pregnancy, your hands and ankles can swell due to Oedema; a build-up of retained fluid. It is normal for swelling to occur during pregnancy, as our bodies produce almost 50% more blood, plus the additional fluids to meet the needs of our growing baby. However fluid retention is often exacerbated by mineral deficiencies, consuming too much sugar and salt, and by hormone changes. There are several ways you can help reduce fluid retention by making simple nutritional changes to your diet. I will provide help, tips and guidance with regards to alleviating Oedema.
Drink plenty of water
Dehydration is renowned for causing fluid retention. Therefore it is vital that you drink plenty of water throughout your pregnancy. Citrus fruits such as lemon and orange can be added to water as they add cleansing benefits and ensure that drinking doesn’t become monotonous. Likewise, cucumber water can also provide a refreshing alternative.
Eat natural diuretics
Diuretics help your body to get rid of water. Good natural diuretics include:
Chose pink Himalayan rock salt
Pink Himalayan rock salt contains less sodium than table salt, along with more than 80 minerals and elements including potassium and magnesium. It is now readily available in supermarkets. Bananas and dried apricots are also good sources of potassium and are great for snacking.
Avoid processed and packaged food
Processed food typically contains more sugar and salt than homemade equivalents. There are lots of recipes here to get you started. I have devised a plethora of different, exciting, nutritious and simple recipes tailored to fit many needs. Cooking does not always have to be laborious!
Drink natural diuretic teas
Drinking natural diuretic teas, such as dandelion leaf or nettle, assist with a fluid release and help prevent the onset of oedema.
If you are suffering from oedema it is also worth noting that long periods of inactivity or standing for long periods of time can make it worse. Try to move around taking breaks to go for a short walk, or go for a swim. Equally important, make sure you take time to put your feet up and rest. Putting your feet up will help with circulation and, if you’re lucky, you might even get a foot rub!