3 simple ways to reduce Oedema (swelling) during Pregnancy

Oedema is excess fluid in your tissues, it’s normal to experience some of this during pregnancy as your body retains water to produce more blood.

It’s also normal to have some swelling in your legs and feet of you spend long hours on your feet. Along with swelling you may also feel aching and tender joints, and stiffness.

You may not be able to stop the swelling from happening during pregnancy but there are things you can do to make you feel more comfortable and reduce the severity of the swelling.

The Yoga + Ayurvedic way to help reduce the swelling;

  • Raise your legs - Legs up the wall pose or rest on chair or sofa

  • Cat / cow pose can help with circulation
  • An Ayurvedic Tea of Coriander, cumin, fennel tea
    • Boil 2 cups of water, add ½ teaspoon each of whole coriander, cumin and fennel seeds.
    • Let them steep for 5 mins, remove from heat, strain and drink

During pregnancy you can have 50% more fluid in your body and you may find swelling moves to your hands and feet, meaning you may need to remove your precious jewellery.

Have you found anything else has helped? Let us know.  

New Block of pregnancy yoga starts Thursday 30th August from 6.15 - 7.15pm, we still have space available you can join us part way through the block or come along and try a drop in class, visit us at The Barn.

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