Swelling happens when your body holds more fluids than its usual capacity. During the 3rd trimester of pregnancy, the body produces more body fluids and blood than normal for the baby, leading to swelling of certain areas. The increasing weight of the baby adds further pressure to the veins of your legs, abdomen and thighs, worsening the problem even more. Usual areas that get swelled up during the 3rd trimester of pregnancy are face, ankles, feet and face.
- Which factors trigger Swelling?
Even though swelling is common and expected during the 3rd trimester, there are certain factors that can trigger it or worsen it, such as: high level of sodium and caffeine in your diet, low consumption of potassium, prolonged hours of activity or exercise, standing for long periods, or summer heat.
- How to prevent swelling?
You cannot stop swelling by a hundred percent, but can definitely control how swelled up you’re going to be. To prevent swelling you must inculcate food items that rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E in your diet. Food items such as melons, potatoes, citrus fruits, cabbage, broccoli, vegetable oils, sunflower seeds, sweet corn are rich in vitamins and are also healthier options when compared to processed or fast foods. You must cut down on your salt, sugar and caffeine intake and add a small amount of protein in each meal. Apart from following a healthy diet during your 3rd trimester, you must also avoid exercising for long hours, avoid standing for long, and avoid indulging in too much activity. Exercising for 15-30 minutes daily can prove to be beneficial. Remember, this is the time to rest so do not fatigue yourself at any cost.
- How to ease up swelling?
Several therapies and remedies can help you ease the swelled up areas of your body. Massaging your body with essential oils, taking showers in warm water, using herbal medicines are some of the effective methods. You can also try osteopathy and reflexology to ease the swollen areas.
Remember, swelling is very common during the 3rd trimester, but do not be hesitant to visit your doctor if you feel that you’re abnormally swollen. Here’s wishing you and your baby good health and prosperity!