If you are pregnant, water retention or edema is something that you most likely have to deal with. This can be an irritating, debilitating condition, but it is one you may very well have to try to manage until you carry your baby to term. Despite that, however, there are many things that you can do to alleviate your condition, and in addition edema due to pregnancy may very well go away all on its own.
Firstly, water retention is defined quite simply as an increased level of fluid held within the confines of the body. It is hardly exclusive to pregnant women; it has a very wide range of potential causes, from exceedingly serious and life-threatening ones like heart trouble to organ failure, to relatively simpler and less harmful causes like sedentary lifestyles and so on. Whatever the cause, it is almost always characterized by a bloated, swollen feeling that may be confined to just a few body parts, or in extreme cases one’s body in its entirety may be affected by this condition. And that said, if and when pregnant women are edematous, it is most likely that they are suffering from nothing more serious than pregnancy-related water retention.
Secondly, what can be done about it if you are pregnant? Well, the good thing about pregnancy-related edemas is that many of them simply go away over time. This is mostly due to the fact that edemas in women mostly have to do with the amount of estrogen and progesterone their bodies secrete; if the levels are not optimal, water retention can result. The mechanism is quite simple. These hormones regulate the amount of water, fat and salt a woman’s body contains; should their amounts go haywire, as they do very often during pregnancy, a woman may have no choice but to manage.
For those cases that do not go away, or seem to be taking too long to do so, there are a whole slew of options available. Unfortunately not all of them are advisable for pregnant women – most especially the ones that involve over-the-counter medicines and/or powerful herbs. Those might be dangerous for the baby, even though they may well be effective for humans.
Fortunately there are other things that can be done to help improve the condition of pregnant edematous women. The first is an age-old practice and recommendation – exercise more. Get yourself to sweat more, improve your circulation, boost your metabolism, tone your muscles – those will bring about not only weight loss but will drastically improve your health as well, and that of your baby too, of course. Next, you can try eating or drinking more plant products for health. There are some, like cucumbers, lemons and watermelons, which can really have a diuretic effect or one that increases urination. Next, those experiencing swollen feet and ankles can simply put their feet up for a few minutes several times a day to make sure that, thanks to gravity, they can find some relief for their condition.