Treating Swollen Legs after Pregnancy
Submitted by Nick on January 19, 2012
Pregnancy is an unusual, strange, beautiful and glorious period in a woman’s life. While she experiences several aches, pains and mood swings, she enjoys the feeling of carrying her own little baby. Swelling after pregnancy is a very common after effect and something that first time mothers tend to get a little overly worried about. It is also known as postpartum edema. Leg swelling after pregnancy is really a result of the body’s water retention. Swelling after pregnancy treatment is usually not required because of the fact that the condition is not considered to be serious and will usually go away on its own.
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However, in case the swelling does not go away after a period of about a week, and you have developed regular headaches as well as aches and pains in the legs or lower body, you should contact your local health service provider.
There are a number of natural methods of getting rid of swelling in the legs after pregnancy. Drinking more water, oddly enough, is one of the best and most effective methods of making sure that the body retains less fluid. While breastfeeding, remaining hydrated at all times is especially important for your own health as well as that of the newborn. The kind of foods that you eat also plays a huge part in the body’s ability to deal with the swelling. Limiting the quantities of salt in your meal preparations will lower the body’s tendency to hold onto its water reserves. Regular mild exercises can help reduce edema as well. Yoga is known to be one of the best methods of reducing edema, with water aerobics being the most highly recommended as it is much gentler on swollen joints. When sitting or standing for long periods of time, you must make it a point to prop your feet on a stool in order to ensure that they are elevated. Avoid standing or sitting for too long and take regular breaks to stretch your legs as well.
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