When should I worry about postpartum edema?
Most postpartum swelling is normal and will go away on its own. But sometimes swelling that happens in the days after delivery may indicate an underlying condition that warrants a call to the doctor. Call your practitioner if: You notice swelling that comes on suddenly.
How can I reduce swelling in my legs after pregnancy?
The following home remedies can help to reduce postpartum swelling by increasing circulation:
- Drink water.
- Elevate your feet.
- Do light exercise.
- Wear compression stockings.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes.
- Avoid salt.
- Eat potassium-rich foods.
- Drink less caffeine.
How long does postpartum edema last?
It is normal for postpartum women to have swelling, especially in their legs and feet. It is usually your body’s way of getting rid of some of the excess fluid accumulated during pregnancy. Swelling may take up to two weeks to resolve.
What helps edema go away?
Lifestyle and home remedies
- Movement. Moving and using the muscles in the part of your body affected by edema, especially your legs, may help pump the excess fluid back toward your heart.
- Reduce salt intake.
Can we sit on floor after normal delivery?
Resist sitting with crossed legs, or any sitting position that allows your labia to gape open, if you have a tear or stitches. This assists to reduce strain on your perineum or stitches. Practice several very gentle pelvic floor “pulses” each hour without trying to “hold”.
How long should I rest after normal delivery?
Fully recovering from pregnancy and childbirth can take months. While many women feel mostly recovered by 6-8 weeks, it may take longer than this to feel like yourself again. During this time, you may feel as though your body has turned against you. Try not to get frustrated.
What is postpartum edema (swelling)?
Also known as postpartum edema (swelling). After giving birth, your body will continue to hold on to water because of an increase in progesterone. You may notice the swelling in your hands, arms, feet, ankles, and legs. Edema shouldn’t last much longer than a week after delivery.
Why are my legs swollen after delivery?
Most of what causes swelling is an accumulation of fluid in some parts of your body. By keeping yourself hydrated, your body will have an easier time releasing extra fluid causing the swelling. It is also important for you to walk and move around after delivery to prevent complications that lead to swelling in the legs.
How long does it take for edema to go away after birth?
After you give birth, your body gradually eliminates this fluid through urine and sweat. But in the meantime, it can continue to leak from your blood vessels into your tissue and cause swelling (edema), most commonly in your hands and feet or ankles. Postpartum edema should go away in about a week.
How can I prevent leg swelling after giving birth?
It is also important for you to walk and move around after delivery to prevent complications that lead to swelling in the legs. But try not to overdo your activity. Talk to your doctor about creating a postpartum workout plan that fits your needs.