Fluid retention

How To Prevent Fluid Retention During Pregnancy

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Prevent Fluid Retention During Pregnancy

Fluid retention is one of the most typical symptoms of pregnancy especially during the last trimester. All this happens because of the hormonal changes that the female body experiences during pregnancy. Swelling of the feet, ankles and legs can cause great discomfort and inconvenience to the mother, so here on OneHowTo.com are some suggestions for you to know how to avoid fluid retention in pregnancy

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Steps to follow:


Two thirds of the weight gain in the last months of pregnancy is mainly liquid. Because of this, the body tries to distribute it throughout the body, but it does not always manage to effectively remove the liquid, which encourages fluid retention.


A good way to relieve or prevent fluid retention during pregnancy is to lie on your back with your legs elevated, supported against the wall for about 20 minutes to half an hour. This simple practice greatly relieves inflammation in your lower extremities.

How To Prevent Fluid Retention During Pregnancy - Step 2

An excess of salt and sodium are responsible for fluid retention. If this condition has affected you greatly, then you should remove salt from your diet almost completely and avoid eating salty snacks like crisps, junk food and canned foods such as pickles, olives etc.

How To Prevent Fluid Retention During Pregnancy - Step 3

Potassium is a great ally for regulating the body, so in order to avoid fluid retention during pregnancy, you should eat foods rich in potassium. Some of the best are tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, unsalted nuts and legumes.

How To Prevent Fluid Retention During Pregnancy - Step 4

Drink all your daily recommended water, some 2 litres or eight glasses. This way, you won't get thirsty. It is also the best way to rid your body of toxins and to flush out any remaining liquids.

How To Prevent Fluid Retention During Pregnancy - Step 5

If you do not fear the cold, there is a magic solution that will help relieve fluid retention. After taking a shower, massage yourself with cold water on parts of the body that are most affected by fluid retention. This will help reduce the inflammation and you will feel relieved.


Ask your partner or a family member to give you a massage with creams or cold gels on your feet, ankles and legs to stimulate the expulsion of fluid retention.

How To Prevent Fluid Retention During Pregnancy - Step 7

If possible, do some exercise every day. A half-hour walk will be enough to stimulate your body and your kidneys to dispose of the liquid and it will make you feel healthier and happier.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • These are good strategies to prevent and relieve fluid retention during pregnancy, but if nothing works then you should consult your doctor.
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