During pregnancy, oedema occurs when body fluids increase to nurture both you and your baby and accumulate in your tissues mainly in feet and hands.
- Oedema can occur throughout pregnancy due to an increase of more blood than usual to help your baby grow.
- As the baby grows, your uterus presses slightly on the veins and the lymphatic system which causes a blockage.
- Your hormones make the walls of your veins softer, which makes it harder for them to work properly.
- Manual lymphatic drainage
- Limit your time on your feet for long periods without moving.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothing
- Reduce salt from foods and excessive salt in your diet
- Sleep on your left side, this will help blood flow to the heart
- Light exercise by walking or swimming.
Manual lymphatic drainage helps to boost your immune system and keeps away viruses and toxins from your baby. It significantly reduces oedema, water retention and swelling in your limbs. It drains excess fluid of the area, making you feel less heavy and tired, and giving you more comfort.