Swelling is one of the symptoms most pregnant mothers have experienced. In this post, we will discuss how to reduce swelling during pregnancy naturally.
Women who have been pregnant before can hardly forget their worries about what is or is not normal during this period, and how to manage various pregnancy struggles without any harm for their precious fetus and themselves. Changes to the body during pregnancy can cause certain physical signs and symptoms. It important to determine whether these symptoms are normal pregnancy-related symptoms or abnormal symptoms. Some symptoms may signal abnormal conditions and act as a warning for the onset of a serious and dangerous illness.
Swelling during pregnancy, however, is usually a common and normal pregnancy-related symptom which can be managed with natural solutions based on traditional medicine.
Swelling during pregnancy
Swelling or edema is one of the symptoms most pregnant mothers have experienced. This condition changes the physical appearance of the mother. Swelling during pregnancy or edema occurs when intracellular fluid increases significantly. Before edema occurs, there is an increase in the pregnant woman’s weight. The body maintains more fluid during pregnancy, and the enlarged size of the uterus also puts pressure on blood vessels, which leads to swelling during pregnancy. The most important point to be considered regarding swelling or edema in pregnancy is whether it occurs locally or in the whole body.
Natural Swelling during Pregnancy
Many pregnant mothers experience normal edema towards the ending weeks of their pregnancy. Natural and physiological edema is common in hot climates, in the late stages of pregnancy, among pregnant women who spend a lot of time standing up. Swelling in the leg, especially in the third trimester of pregnancy, has a relatively high prevalence. Leg swelling during pregnancy occurs due to the accumulation of blood in the veins and the blockage of the lymphatic flow of the legs. Bilateral edema in pregnancy is usually normal and is not the symptom of anything more serious.
When should swelling during pregnancy be a concern?
If swelling in one of the legs is considerably more severe than the other leg, especially if it is painful and sensitive to touch in the area with swelling, this is a sign of blood clots in the veins, which is one of the serious conditions during pregnancy. Unilateral swelling in the shin, ankle and the dorsum of the foot need to be checked by the doctor.
If there is severe swelling in the whole body, especially in the hands, feet, and the face, it can be a sign of high blood pressure or pregnancy-induced hypertension, which should be examined by a doctor.
Facial swelling, especially after the 24th week of pregnancy, is one of the most revealing signs of pregnancy-induced hypertension. Facial swelling due to high blood pressure in pregnant women is usually accompanied by an unusual stretching and gloss of the face skin.
Excessive swelling in the feet, hands, and face can be a sign of pregnancy-induced hypertension.
The following factors increase the risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension:
- Family history of hypertension
- When other’s age is above 35 or under 20
- History of high blood pressure, autoimmune disease, kidney disease, or diabetes
- When the women is carrying multiple babies
- Edema or swelling that is not induced by pregnancy
- Damage to the lymphatic system
- Heart failure, which causes difficulty in breathing during laborious activities, and the intensity of swelling or edema increases in the legs as the evening approaches.
- Kidney failure followed by loss of appetite, change in sleep patterns, and difficulty in concentration.
- Liver failure
Edema caused by malnutrition, usually indicative of protein deficiency.
Edema caused by hypothyroidism, which – though spread through the whole body – is more discernable in loose tissues such as the eyelid and around the eyes.
Edema caused by certain medications such as growth hormone medications, estrogens and some antihypertensive drugs
After examining the causes of swelling or edema, the necessary treatments and health care will be provided if necessary. If the swelling is not caused by any disease, but merely a normal symptom of pregnancy, simple natural remedies based on traditional medicine will prove helpful to help relieve symptoms of swelling during pregnancy.
Traditional Medicine Recommendations for Swelling during Pregnancy
If there is a slight swelling during pregnancy, there is no need for treatment at all. However, if the edema is significant – though not abnormal (in which case you should see a doctor), the following remedies can prove helpful in relieving swelling:
- Taking walks at a slow pace
- Body massage with rose oil blended with a few drops of vinegar
- Foot massage with vinegar and salt solution
- Applying cooked cabbage leaves on the legs and the foot
- Rubbing a blend of dill and vinegar on the foot
- In the event of a foot swelling, foot massage from the toes to the pelvis
- Eating healthy food that is easy to digest.
Swelling during pregnancy and gender prediction
Traditionally, significant swelling during pregnancy is associated with the highest chance of the baby being a girl.