FLUID RETENTION (EDEMA)
Hormonal changes and increased ﬂuids can cause your hands, legs, and feet to swell, especially in the later months of pregnancy. Although many women experience ﬂuid retention, you should always have it checked out by a doctor, as it’s sometimes a symptom of a serious disorder.
As you lower your intake of salt, you must also increase your consumption of potas- sium. A combination of excess sodium and a deﬁciency in potassium has been found in many people with hypertension. Good sources of potassium include apples, asparagus, cabbage, oranges, tomatoes, bananas, kelp, and alfalfa.
Food to Avoid
Restrict your intake of salt. Obviously, you should avoid table salt, but you should also stay away from processed or junk food, both of which contain alarming amounts of sodium.
Super Seven Prescriptions—Fluid Retention
Super Prescription #1 Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum ofﬁcinale)
With your doctor’s supervision, take 3 ml or 300 mg twice daily. Dandelion leaf is a gentle diuretic.
Super Prescription #2 B-complex vitamins
Vitamin B6 and other B-complex vitamins may help reduce edema. Take 50 mg twice daily.
Super Prescription #3 Homeopathic Natrum Muriaticum
Take 3 pellets of a 6x potency three times daily. It is particularly indicated if you have a strong desire for salt and the ﬂuid retention is worse from being in the sun or from heat.
Super Prescription #4 Vitamin C
Take 500 mg twice daily. Vitamin C improves the lymph ﬂow.
Super Prescription #5 Vitamin B6
Take 50 mg daily under the guidance of a doctor. Vitamin B6 has been found to reduce water retention, most likely due to its function in helping liver metabolism.
Super Prescription #6 Quercitin
Take 500 mg twice daily. Quercitin is a ﬂavonoid that improves circulation.
Super Prescription #7 Garlic
Take 200 mg twice daily. Garlic has mild anti-edema properties.
See pages 686–687 for information about reﬂexology areas and how to work them.
Work the lymph areas to reduce swelling.
• Regular exercise will minimize swelling. A daily walk or swim is a good idea.
• Swollen feet are uncomfortable, but tight shoes are even worse. For the duration of your pregnancy, you may want to wear shoes that are larger than your usual size.