Pregnancy can bring about many unwanted changes to your body. You have not only a new life to care and nurture, but also a new body to get to know. Luckily, there are some tried and true solutions that can help prevent some of these issues. You might think of dreaded pregnancy symptoms like hemorrhoids or scarring, but gaining water weight during pregnancy is an especially common complication that results in excessive swelling, especially in the feet. Check out the below tips for staying fresh after pregnancy.
Tips to Prevent Pregnancy Cankles
I cannot stress this point enough. I drank gallons of water every day and it truly helped me feel better. Dehydration can cause a number of pregnancy issues, so make water a priority during the day. If you think you are drinking enough water during pregnancy, you are probably not.
Wear Compression Socks
Compression socks do not have to be prescribed, but you can ask your provider about them if you are unsure. I wore these any time I had to sit for a while and they really made a difference. Along with improving blood circulation, they can help reduce swelling and according to Ivein vein center, can help prevent spider veins and varicose veins from occurring.
Elevate Your Feet
This is another tip to improve circulation. Whenever you get a chance during the day, prop up your feet. If you cannot wear compression socks, then this point is even more important. If you work in an office, place something under your desk to prop your feet on while working.
Within the limitations of your prenatal care provider, exercise every day. Prenatal yoga was especially helpful for me and it can help your body prepare for labor. If prenatal water aerobics is available, this can be a wonderful way to exercise and reduce the strain of a growing belly, too.
Sleep with a Pillow Between Your Legs
Whatever kind of sleeper you were before, during pregnancy you will need to sleep on your side. The best way to improve circulation and reduce swelling while you sleep is by putting a pillow between your knees. Plus, it is more comfortable.
Consume Less Caffeine and More Potassium
Caffeine can cause you to retain water and dehydrate at the same time. Eating foods high in potassium can reduce swelling, so eat a banana instead.
If you experience severe swelling or noticeable swelling that occurs suddenly, please consult your healthcare provider as soon as possible. This is a sign of possible preeclampsia and could be dangerous for you and your baby. As always, consult your provider before making any drastic changes and listen to their advice.