edema in pregnancy

How To Treat Edema In Pregnancy

Edema (swelling of the ankles and feet ) 

Although minor swelling in pregnancy is normal your hands and feet are the most common parts of your body that is affected.This is caused by the baby pressing against your veins that carry your blood your limbs.This then causes the blood flow to slow down.Water will then begin to build up in our hand’s ankles and feet.     

                                How we can help you                                     

Herbal remedies and acupuncture can help to improve water metabolism. It works like this the better the metabolism the less the swelling will become. The acupuncture point SP 9  is the point on the body that can help to drain excess water. 

Your Physician will recommend Fu Lung to reduce Swelling in pregnancy. This is very good herb and works well to drain excess water as well as strengthening digestion and help to improve sleeping. In Chinese medicine, we use acupuncture and herbs to help to improve your water metabolism. Your consultation will explain the treatment program.

Diet and food tips for immediate relief 

Avoid refined salt, swap for high-quality sea salt 

Drink plenty of water and herbal teas 

Eat Garlic and onions to help increase circulation 

Celery Artichokes Parsley and Grapes help you go to toilet 

Eat Dandelion Greens with salads the bitter green leafs help the body to break down extra fluids.This is usually available at farmers markets and health food places.  

At home, you can make changes by elevating your feet. This need to be done 3 times a day for 20 mins at a time.   This will help to reduce the swelling.

Swimming is beneficial providing your condition is not too severe. Gentle massaging helps and is very relaxing at the same time. This can help to reduce the swelling.Edema is a minor condition that can become part of a more serious if left untreated. It is very important to adjust your lifestyle to control your stress throughout your pregnancy. This will help you have a more enjoyable and healthy pregnancy and delivery.

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