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Tips to Reduce the Pregnancy “Puffy” Syndrome

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As your pregnancy progresses, you might find that you’re starting to get more uncomfortable—and maybe a little (or a lot) more puffy or swollen.

Most pregnant women experience some kind of swelling (officially called Edema).

Although it is natural for your body to retain some water during pregnancy—swelling is not something to be taken lightly, so make sure you go for regular medical checkups!

Assuming that everything is normal… here are 6 TIPS to help you STOP THE SWELLING:

1. Make sure you rest and elevate your feet regularly throughout the day (NEVER cross them!).
2. Avoid standing for long periods of time, especially in high heels!
3. Do not wear any tight clothing or elastics around your legs.
4. Drink lots of water – try adding lemon to increase the absorption (don’t worry, it WON’T make you more swollen!).
5. Add a little bit of salt to your food to aid absorption (this does not mean pour it on!).
6. And last, but not least, keep ACTIVE – exercise is the best thing that you can do for your swollen legs, not to mention the rest of your body (and mind) too!

Studies have shown that women who exercise have fewer pregnancy-related symptoms, including swelling. So make sure you do regular exercise preferably 3-4 days a week. Try brisk walking, cycling or my favorite – swimming. Avoid things like lying on your back, lifting overhead, doing deep knee bends or jerky start-stop movements.

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