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Your Postpartum Body: What to Expect and What to Do

Our experts—doctors, trainers and physical therapists—will help guide you, body part by body part, through this strange new land.

The problem:
“During pregnancy your body produces roughly 50 percent more blood and other fluids than normal to accommodate your growing baby,” says Lyssie Lakatos, R.D., C.D.N., C.F.T., a personal trainer and nutritionist in New York.

Hormone fluctuations can also contribute to edema, or swelling of the hands, face, ankles, neck and other extremities. It can take weeks for all the extra fluids to leave your system.

The solution:
“Choose foods rich in potassium, such as fruits and vegetables; it helps counteract the water-retaining effects of sodium [salt],” says Lakatos.

Lakatos also suggests drinking more than the recommended eight glasses of water per day, especially if you are nursing.

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by Sasha Brown-Worsham
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