Prevent Swelling In 10 Ways

August 21, 2017

Prevent Swelling In 10 Ways

Do your shoes feel more snug and your ankles look puffy? Swelling or oedema affects about three-quarters of pregnant women around week 22 to week 27 of pregnancy.

What causes it?

As your baby grows, your uterus puts pressure on the blood vessels in your pelvis. This affects the large vein on the right side of your body which receives blood from your lower limbs (inferior vena cava).

This can lead to swelling. Fluid retention and hormonal changes play a role as well.

Mild swelling is usually harmless but if your hands and/or face become puffy or if swelling persists for more than a day at a time, call your doctor. It could be a sign of pre-eclampsia, a condition characterised by high blood pressure and protein in the urine.

10 Ways To Prevent Oedema

1. Stay off your feet. Sit when you can. If you need to stand for long periods at work, move from one foot to the other and do ankle rotations.

2. Put up your feet. Prop your legs above your hips when sitting and avoid crossing your legs.

3. Sleep on your left side. This takes the pressure off the inferior vena cava.

4. Exercise regularly. Walk, swim or use an exercise bike.

5. Wear comfortable shoes. Adding orthotic inserts can make your feet feel better and reduce leg pain.

6. Drink enough water. Staying hydrated will help your body hoard less water.

7. Take less salt. But don’t cut it out altogether as that might increase swelling.

8. Reflexology. A gentle massage of the feet might help but choose a registered reflexologist experienced in treating pregnant women. Or you could massage your feet yourself or better still, ask hubby to do it for you.

9. Acupuncture. Some women swear by acupuncture. Again choose a qualified practitioner experienced in treating pregnant women.
10. Wear compression stockings. Your doctor might recommend maternity support stockings.

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Size Chart

 Maternity & Nursing 

Tops / Dresses / Bottoms
Spring Size XS S M L XL XXL XXXL
US 2 4 6 8 10 12 14
UK 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
EU 34 36 38 40 42 44 46
FR 36 38 40 42 44 46 48
IT 38 40 42 44 46 48 50
Bust (inch) 34 36 38 40 42.5 45 47.5
Bust (cm) 86.5 91.5 96.5 101.5 108 114.5 120.5
Hips (in) 36 38 40 42 44 46 48
Hips (cm) 91.5 96.5 101.5 106.5 111.5 117 122
 

Intimates

Panties
Spring Size S–M L–XL
US 0 4 6 12
UK 4 8 10 16
EU 32 36 38 44
FR 34 38 40 46
IT 36 40 42 48
Hips (in) 34 37 38 43
Hips (cm) 86.5 94 97 109.5

Bra

 
International Size Conversion
AU/NZ US UK EU/CN
12B 34B 34C 75C
12C 34C 34D 75D
12D 34D 34DD 75E
12DD 34DD 34E 75F
14B 36B 36C 80C
14C 36C 36D 80D
14D 36D 36DD 80E
14DD 36DD 36E 80F
14E 36E 36F 80G
16B 38B 38C 85C
16C 38C 38D 85D
16D 38D 38DD 85E
16DD 38DD 38E 85F
16E 38E 38F 85G
18C 40C 40D 90D
18D 40D 40DD 90E
18DD 40DD 40E 90F
20D 42C 42DD 95E
20DD 42DD 42E 95F
 

Baby/Kid Size Chart

Rompers, Tops & Pants

Spring Size

Height (cm)

Weight (kg)

0–3 months

55–61

3.6–5.7

3–6 months

62–67

5.7–7.5

6–12 months

68–78

7.5–11

2 years

79–86

11.1–13.6

3 years

87–94

13.7–15