The third trimester of pregnancy brings many things. Cravings, trouble turning over in the middle of the night, waddling…..
But probably the most irritating of these issues is a little thing called swelling.
Swelling is caused by an increased fluid and blood volume (up to 50%), but can be managed by paying attention to 3 simple things:
What You Drink
Pregnant women need to be drinking up to a gallon of water a day. Unfortunately, caffeine counteracts the good work of water and can dehydrate you. A Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar (you can work your way up as your taste buds can handle it) in your water is a great way to reduce swelling right away. There are also several herbal teas that are rich in potassium, which helps your body to stay hydrated. They are: Nettle leaf tea, ginger tea (also great to ease nausea), dandelion tea, and peppermint tea.
What You Eat
A healthy diet is crucial for a healthy pregnancy. Lots of issues can be avoided just by paying attention to what you’re eating. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can actually help you boost your water intake! Many women rely on the Brewer Diet to give them guidelines on the types of foods that are best for avoiding complications that can accompany swelling, such as preeclampsia.
What You Put in Your Bath Water
Taking baths can be very beneficial during pregnancy, especially when you add the right things to your water. Magnesium flakes are wonderful to add, as well as Epsom salts.