- Step 1: Take a break If the swelling is related to an sport or activity you're engaged in, take a break from it for at least a few days.
- TIP: In general, if your legs or feet are swollen, avoid standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time.
- Step 2: Elevate Lie down, and use pillows to elevate the swollen area so that it is higher than your heart.
- Step 3: Apply ice Once you're lying down, apply ice to the swollen area.
- Step 4: Talk to your doctor Make an appointment with a doctor, and talk to them about medicines you can take and exercises you can do to encourage blood flow and help reduce swelling.
- Step 5: Lower sodium Lower your sodium and caffeine intake. Add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet and avoid foods high in fat. Drink plenty of fluids.
- Step 6: Keep skin cool Keep your skin cool when you are in a hot environment. Stay in locations that are air conditioned or relax in a pool. You'll feel better in no time.
- FACT: 2 to 3 pounds of the weight you gain during pregnancy are due to increased fluids in your body.
You Will Need
- Healthy diet
- Cool environment