(HealthDay News) -- Thanks to increased blood and fluids in the body during pregnancy, swelling can be an uncomfortable problem.
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The American Pregnancy Association suggests how to minimize swelling:
- Don't stand for long periods, and stick to comfortable shoes, avoiding high heels.
- When the weather is hot, limit your time outdoors.
- Take breaks with your feet propped up.
- Don't wear clothing that fits tightly around the ankles or wrists. Wear stockings or tights that offer support.
- Soothe swelling with a cold compress or by going for a swim.
- Drink plenty of water, and limit salt intake.
-- Diana Kohnle
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