Morning sickness, bloating, flatulence, constipation, mood swings, and fatigue all come in installments during pregnancy, often leaving the moms-to-be in distress. And while these can be taken care of and managed, they certainly cannot be escaped.

Another important pregnancy trouble that mostly affects women in their third trimester is edema, which causes swollen ankles and feet due to water retention in the body. It is perfectly normal to experience some swelling during pregnancy, since your body is retaining more water than normal.

Changes in the blood chemistry during this time also results in some fluid to shift into the tissues and cause swelling. With your baby now putting extra pressure on the uterus and your pelvic veins, the return of the blood from legs to heart is impaired, which adds to the problem.

While this is a no cause for concern, women with excessive amniotic fluid or carrying multiples are particularly found to suffer from severe edema. Though your OB/GYN may ask you to do the obvious things of taking regular breaks from standing or sitting for too long, sleeping on one side, drinking more water and consider swimming, here’s a quick herbal DIY foot soak to help with the swelling.

Grapefruit Essential Oil For Edema During Pregnancy
Grapefruit essential oil is extracted from the rind of the fruit through a process known as cold compression. The oil is well regarded for its anti-oxidative and mood-lifting properties. A well-known beauty oil in the skincare arena, this oil can clean and clear congested skin and also help get rid of pimples.

The oil is also known to possess anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties, which help reduce swelling during pregnancy. While grapeseed extract oil is forbidden to use during pregnancy, experts do not restrict the use of grapefruit oil.

How To Use It

  • Draw a nice and warm foot bath by filling a bucket halfway with warm water and add a few drops (4 to 5) of grapefruit essential oil. Soak your feet in the bath for not more than 20 minutes. You can repeat this twice daily.
  • You can also add a few drops of grapefruit oil to your water bath and soak in to relieve the swelling.
  • Alternatively, add about 2 to 3 drops of grapefruit oil to 1tsp of a carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, olive) and gently massage the affected area working your way upwards. This will improve circulation and reduce the swelling.

While a slight swelling is normal during pregnancy and often goes away after delivery, sudden swelling in hands and face can be a sign of pre-eclampsia. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any sudden swelling or pain.

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