Tips for managing postpartum swelling

Most women experience swelling during pregnancy, this is known as Endema. This is often caused by the accumulation of the excess fluid produced by the body during pregnancy in the tissue. It can also be caused by the expanding uterus putting pressure on the vein, which slows down the blood flow, therefore forcing fluid from the veins into the tissue of the feet. This swelling will continue after childbirth, but not to worry, the swelling will go away after a week or two. As the body gradually begins to flush out the excess fluid accumulated during pregnancy, you will notice you are peeing and sweating a lot in the first few days of pregnancy. 

In the meantime, here are a few tips to help you with some relief:

  • Regular exercise will be good for you. Start with something easy like taking short walks as it will help in blood circulation

  • Always put your feet up when ever you sit or lie down

  • Don't sit or stand for too long 

  • Drink lots of water. Contrary to belief, drinking lots of water helps your body retain less water.

Ensure you see your doctor; 

  • When one leg is more swollen than the other. It may be a sign of blood clot.

  • If your face, hands, feet and ankles are excessively swollen

  • When you experience pain in your leg when you walk

  • When there is redness in an area on the leg


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