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Is there anything that will help with water retention and swelling during pregnancy?

Besides cutting down on salty foods, because I am already doing that. Thanks :)

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Asked by Namaste17 at 9:47 PM on Mar. 27, 2011 in Pregnancy

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  • Adding more water into your day will help. Additional water helps flush the system.

    Also, getting off your feet as much as you can.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 9:51 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • Carrots are a natural diuretic. Fresh, cooked, juiced, it doesn't matter.

    Answer by Kimimale at 9:51 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • Drink lots and lots of water. You're growing an extra life, so if you possibly can, it's good to drink twice as much water as they typically recommend for adults. I think that winds up being a gallon a day. Kinda sucks when you have to pee all the time, but just replace whatever you usually drink with water.

    Keep your feet up. It helps. If the swelling is really, really bad, your doctor may be concerned and may prescribe you something. It's generally not urgent, but if you think you have an abnormal amount of swelling, mention it at your next prenatal appointment.

    Answer by FluffyMamaBunny at 9:56 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • Ive just heard to drink lots of water and put your feet up every chance you get.

    Answer by Aqua_Jen at 10:04 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • Definitely keep your feet up and keep your water intake high. Some exercise can help get venous return going, but you can't do a lot about lymphatic drainage, because it all moves by bulk flow. If it's getting really bad, your doctor may want to look for signs of preeclampsia, because that can be one of the signs. It's surprising how much swelling can be normal, though.

    Answer by musicpisces at 10:09 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • I was also going to say drink lots of water and KEEP YOUR FEET UP as much as possible! I had so much water retention with my first pregnancy and eventually they say I was close to pre-eclampsia and had placental abruption. That can be a result of pre-eclamsia. Be sure you mention the water retention to your Doctor---he needs to keep an eye on that.Good luck!

    Answer by minnesotanice at 10:25 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • Carrots, lots of water, stay off your feet as much as possible

    Answer by AllThatBabyJazz at 11:02 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • drink more water

    Answer by asil at 12:00 AM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • DON'T eliminate salt from your diet, just use it in moderation during your pregnancy. Your body DOES need sodium!

    Answer by GoodyBrook at 1:27 AM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • More water. Also, adding lemon to everything you drink can help, too. And don't just sit around. You need to walk to get the blood in your legs pumping. Massage can also help!

    Answer by fancyjane at 11:11 AM on Mar. 28, 2011

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