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Legs and feet become swollen in pregnancy, due to the increase in the amount of fluid and blood in the body and due to pressure from the uterus on the lymphatic vessels in the pelvic area. Normally, the legs and feet start to become more swollen from the 5th month onwards, and may worsen towards the end of pregnancy.
However, after delivery, the legs may continue to be swollen, which is more common if the delivery is performed by cesarean section.
Some tips that can relieve swelling in the legs are:
1. Drink plenty of water
Fluid intake helps improve kidney function, facilitating the elimination of water through urine and thus reducing fluid retention.
See which foods are richest in water.
2. Wear compression stockings
Compression stockings are a great option to reduce the feeling of heavy, tired and swollen legs because they work by compressing blood vessels.
Learn how compression stockings work.
3. Take a walk
Taking a light walk in the early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is at its lowest, helps to relieve swelling in the legs, because the microcirculation of the legs is activated. During the walk, you should wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
4. Elevate your legs
Whenever the pregnant woman is lying down, she should place her legs on a high pillow, to facilitate the return of blood to the heart. With this measure, you can feel immediate relief and reduce swelling throughout the day.
5. Drink a draining juice
Drinking passion fruit and mint juice or pineapple juice with lemongrass is a way to help eliminate fluid retention.
To prepare passion fruit juice with mint, simply blend the pulp of 1 passion fruit with 3 mint leaves and 1/2 glass of water in a blender, filter and drink immediately afterwards. To prepare pineapple juice with lemongrass, blend 3 pineapple slices with 1 chopped lemongrass leaf in a blender, filter and drink.
6. Wash the legs with s alt and orange leaves
Washing your legs with this mixture also helps reduce swelling. To prepare, just put 20 orange leaves in 2 liters of water to boil, add cold water until the solution is lukewarm, add half a cup of coarse s alt and wash your legs with the mixture.
If, in addition to swollen legs and feet, the pregnant woman experiences severe headache, nausea and blurred or blurry vision, she should inform the obstetrician, because these symptoms may indicate high blood pressure, which can be dangerous for the mother and for the baby.Another symptom that should also be reported to the doctor is sudden swelling of the hands or feet.
Why do legs swell after giving birth
Swollen legs after childbirth is normal and this is due to the leakage of fluid from blood vessels to the most superficial layer of the skin. This swelling lasts from 7 to 10 days and can be alleviated if the woman walks more, drinks a lot of water or takes some diuretic juice, for example.