“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.
“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.