Fluid retention during pregnancy is not the enemy that is the first thing to remember! Did you know that more fluids in your body keep your joints healthy, and help you prepare for birth? When things get a little unpleasant, fluid retention is best tackled by natural means. There are foods that can help you be less bloated and swollen. Here are some tips on what you can do against fluid retention while you are expecting a baby.
Drink plenty of water. OK, I am aware that water is not a food, but it is worth mentioning as many people believe that drinking water contributes to fluid retention, which is not true. At the same time, it is also important to avoid too much caffeine, or other drinks like juices, which can make you feel full-up, but do not help hydration levels and contribute to fluid retention. Foods that can help you lose a little of that extra water include celery, onion, and parsley. Eggplant, garlic and peppermint are also all good foods to fight fluid retention. Incidentally, all of these would combine rather nicely into one single dish! Herbal teas are a great alternative to water, and they keep your fluid levels up. Those at risk of developing pre-eclampsia benefit from eating oily fish which is also said to reduce bloating.