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Stay Safe and Cool Through Your Summer Pregnancy - Part 2

Posted on June 10, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (4)
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months

As you read on Tuesday (Part 1), dehydration and hyperthermia can cause dangerous complications of pregnancy.  Remember you have permission to be a Drama Queen during the summer months!  Take it easy and take care of yourself as the temperature climbs.  You can also enlist your partner and other family members to help you take advantage of one, some, or all of these comfort measures listed below to avoid dehydration and hyperthermia in the first place. 

The simplest steps you can take are staying hydrated, getting rest, and staying out of direct sunlight and high temperatures.  Above all, good judgment is the best guide when you are out and about in the heat and sunlight. 

Here is a more detailed list of suggestions and tips I complied from having had three (!) summer pregnancies, and all the reading I did on the subject (see the articles in the reference section below). 

There are no affiliate links in this post - please feel free to click away at the other info I want to share with you.
 
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer monthsClothing and Fabrics
- Wear light-colored clothing that will reflect the sunlight.
- Stay away from dark colors that absorb heat if you are  out and about during the day.
- Wear non-restrictive clothing to minimize swelling – you want to encourage optimal circulation as much as possible.  Pay special attention to wear clothing that isn't restrictive around your waist area.
- Wear a cooling bandana – there are several brands available in the stores, or you may be able to shop local and support a crafter at an area farmer’s market.
- Wear fabrics that are breathable and keep you cool, such as Cool Max (wicks sweat), Lycra (keeps shape while being elastic) and Supplex (cottony feel and quick-drying).  Stay away from Spandex and nylon based fabrics that don’t let your skin breathe.
- Breathable fabrics can also help prevent heat rashes on your breasts and abdomen, the areas that rub against the fabric the most.
- Avoid open-weave fabrics that allow the sun to reach your skin.
 
Cool Comfort Measures
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months- Carry a spritzer bottle or personal misting fan with you.  For extra cooling, keep them in filled in the refrigerator until you need to take them with you.
- Take frequent, quick showers – air dry if you have time, or pat dry if you need to move on with your day.
- Stay cool indoors by sitting in an air conditioned space or near an electric fan. 
- If air conditioning isn’t an option, try an air filter or a dehumidifier.  These are especially helpful if you live in a humid climate.
- Find the most comfortable room in the building and make that your nest.  If your house or workplace doesn’t have one of those rooms, think about investing in a personal air conditioner that you can leave in your space, or move around with you.
- Keep beauty products such as sun lotion, moisturizer or toner in the refrigerator.  Applying a cold product to your skin will give you an instant cool down.
- Use cold packs or ice cubes at wrist pulse points, the back of the neck and on the forehead.  You can keep long-lasting soft-gel cooling strips in your car or purse when you know the freezer isn’t going to be handy when you are out running errands.  You can also decide if THESE amazing necklaces might come in handy now instead of later.
- Get long hair up and off your neck.  You can braid it, tie it in a ponytail or clip it up.  Find easy up-dos via BuzzFeed HERE .
- Raise your legs at every opportunity – encourage good circulation whenever and however possible.
- If you don’t have a swimming pool, fill a wading pool with water and place it in a shady part of your yard or patio.  Cool off as needed!
 
Exercise
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months- Wear a heart rate monitor to ensure your working heart rate stays in a safe range while you exercise.  Ask your care provider what they feel is a safe active heart rate for you.
- Avoid exercising during the hot hours.  Wherever you are in the country, the temperature is generally the hottest between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
- It follows to limit your outdoor activities from the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm - find as many places to stay cool inside as possible!
- Instead of walking outside, do your walking inside at an indoor track or at an indoor shopping mall.
- Swimming is a good warm/hot-weather option.  It supports your growing body, the feeling of weightlessness is awesome, it cools off your whole body, it takes weight off the sciatic nerve, and it encourages the baby into an optimal birthing position.
- Prenatal yoga can be another good option. A class taught by an experienced prenatal instructor will provide a good mix of heart healthy poses, strengthening poses, and relaxation (see "Mind Over Matter" by scrolling down in this post).
- Do the pregnancy exercises assigned by your Bradley Method® instructor.  They are designed to be gentle enough to do during any time of the year, yet there is enough repetition to strengthen the muscles you will need for your labor.
 
Fluids
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months- Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day, and more if you are active.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks.  Caffeine acts as a diuretic and it may increase the frequency of urination, which can then lead to a reduction in your body fluid levels – hello, dehydration.
- Make sure you are replacing your electrolytes...water intoxication is an actual condition that can be caused by drinking too much water in a short amount of time.  In order to hydrate safely, we have used the product made by Emergen-C.  Coconut water is a great natural "gatorade".  A third option is to use trace minerals - find a brand you trust and add them to your glass of water.
 

Food
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months- Eat little meals more often.  Large meals increase your metabolism and this could make you feel hotter.
- Eat fluid-filled foods, such as strawberries, celery, watermelon and cucumber.  HERE are more ideas for hydrating foods.
- Make healthy popsicles by freezing organic fruit juices.
- Treat yourself to a meal at a restaurant – use their air conditioning and you can keep the heat out of your kitchen since you won’t be using your stove or your oven for food prep that night.  As a bonus, pack half of your meal in a to-go container and have it as a snack later.
- Read more about eating during pregnancy HERE - archive post from Spring 2014.
 
Hustle and Bustle
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months- Do your chores early or late in the day when the temperature is cooler.
- Move slowly and avoid rushing.
- Avoid movements that could lead to light-headedness, such as repetitive bending or rushing around on staircases.
 
Mind Over Matter
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months- Relaxation – the key to The Bradley Method®.  It is easier to keep your body temperature lower if you are calm and relaxed instead of stressed and hurried.  Take the time to practice some mental imagery and move through your day with the intention to stay cool.
- Breathe – a good rhythmic breathing pattern can reduce heat production in your body.  The foundation of relaxation is breathing that supports a relaxed state.  Bradley instructors love to encourage abdominal breathing anytime and anywhere.
- Meditate – even an one-minute practice can make a difference - really!!  Find some meditation resources HERE - archive post from Spring 2015.
 
Sun Safety
Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer months- Stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible.  Sunburn impairs the body’s ability to cool itself and it causes the loss of body fluids.
- If you must be or choose to be in the sun, use a good sunscreen, at least SPF 15.  The natural momma in me will encourage you to find a sunscreen that is organic, thereby minimizing the amount of chemicals absorbed into your bloodstream.  EWG publishes a sun-screen guide - find it HERE.
- Avoid mid-day direct sun exposure.  If you live in the north, this means stay out of the sun between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.  If you live in the south, this means 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- Use a sun hat and sunglasses to avoid prolonged exposure or sunstroke.
- Apply a sun lotion at the end of the day whether or not you sunburn.  The ingredients will soothe and restore your skin from the drying effects of the sun.
 
Did I forget to mention one?  
What is your favorite sun safety tip?

Disclaimer:
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonThe material included on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation. This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

References:
http://www.freedrinkingwater.com/water-education/water-pregnancy.htm

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=52172

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=51783

http://www.pregnancytoday.com/articles/healthy-safe-pregnancy/pregnant-during-the-summer-months-3185/

http://www.suite101.com/content/coping-with-the-heat-in-pregnancy-a129230 http://www.parentingweekly.com/pregnancy/pregnancy_health_fitness/hot_summer_safety.htm

http://www.courierpress.com/news/2007/jun/18/staying-cool-pregnant-women-face-greater-risks/

http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/pampering/summer-pregnancy-issues/?page=5

http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/pampering/summer-pregnancy-issues/?page=6

Stay Safe and Cool Through Your Summer Pregnancy - Part 1

Posted on June 7, 2016 at 9:31 PM Comments comments (6)
Bradley Method classes offered in Arizona - Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson, AZ

Ideas to Have a Safe Pregnancy 

During the Summer Months
Hello, Mr. Sun!

 
My friend and colleague Tina Lebedies suggested this topic.  As it turns out, there is a lot to write about when it comes to coping with the heat while you are pregnant!  So this is how I am going to organize this topic: I am going to split in two parts.  Today I am going to share why it is so important that you take extra care – be a Drama Queen when it comes to taking care of yourself if you are pregnant in the summer.  Then I am going to list the concerns with their symptoms and suggestions to ease the symptoms. 

Check back on Friday for Part 2 of this post. I am going to share some ideas and give you some tips to stay cool and live smart through the summer months.
 
We are lucky in Arizona – to stay cool we head indoors or get wet and then let our skin air dry.  In humid climates, the added moisture makes it harder to stay cool – I am glad we live in a dry heat!  I had three summer pregnancies that lasted through July, and two went through September!! We are not good planners in that department - LOL.  At least, now I am well-versed in finding to cool off and stay cool – for that I will count my blessings.  It comes in handy now that I am toting four Sweet Peas through the hot summer months :)
 
The first thing I am going to point out as a Bradley Method® instructor is that keeping track of your diet and fluid intake is of utmost importance, even more so in the summer.  Eat between 80 – 100 grams of protein per day, and include salt in that equation to keep a balanced diet.  I cringe when I read pregnancy articles that suggest a pregnant woman should reduce her salt intake if she is swelling. 
 
Cutting back on salt can cause a decrease in the amount of blood circulating through your body and placenta (a condition called “hypovolemia”), thus reducing the supply of nutrients passing to your baby.  How will you know if you are not getting enough salt?  Too little salt in the diet leads to leg cramps and fatigue, so if you are experiencing these symptoms exclusive of the heat factors I am going to write about below, try salting your food to taste and see if those symptoms are minimized or go away altogether.
 
 
BE A DRAMA QUEEN
I assure you that you are not the only pregnant person who is feeling just a tad hotter than usual this summer.  It doesn’t matter if you are still in your first trimester – you will be a little hotter even though your body doesn’t show your pregnancy yet.  In some ways it’s even more important that you protect yourself because it is a time of crucial development where overheating can have devastating effects on the baby.  If you have already been making your coach take care of you and he or she thinks you are being over-dramatic, then have them read this post, or any of the “official” articles I reference at the end of the post.
 
Why You Feel Hotter
There are several reasons why your core body temperature is elevated:
1.  Your body is undergoing hormonal fluctuations.
2.  You are carrying the extra weight of your baby, and if you are like me, you have extra padding your body insists on adding on, no matter how well you eat and how often you exercise.
3.  Your body is working to cool your body, plus the body of your growing baby.
4.  Your increased metabolism also increases your body temperature, and it works harder as your baby demands more from your body.
 
Why You Need To Insulate Baby
Your baby’s body temperature is 1°C (almost 2°F) warmer than your body temperature, and they cannot sweat to cool themselves down.  The only thing cooling your baby is your body’s knowledge of how to grow your baby.  If your body starts to heat up and it can no longer work to keep your baby’s temperature down, there are many things that could happen.
 
Whatever the trimester, your baby’s heart rate could start to go up.  In regards to the first trimester specifically, studies have shown that babies are especially susceptible to heat stress in the first trimester of pregnancy when the major body systems are developing.  An elevation in the pregnant mothers body temperature above a safe range has been associated with birth defects such as heart problems, abdominal wall defects, nervous system malformation and neural tube defects.  Exposure to extreme heat could also increase the risk factor for experiencing a miscarriage or pre-term labor.
 
CONCERNS DURING PREGNANCY

DEHYDRATION

Dehydration – a condition in which your body does not have the fluid it needs to maintain healthy body function.  When you are living for two, staying hydrated is even more important.  If you are dehydrated, it could cause the baby’s heart to beat too quickly.  It can also increase your risk of pre-term labor.  The decrease in blood volume causes an increase in the concentration of oxytocin.  Oxytocin the hormone that causes contractions to begin and intensify, and an excess of oxytocin is not a good thing unless you are supposed to be in labor.
 
One of the first signs that you are dehydrated is feeling thirsty.  If you are feeling like you really could use a drink, then you are already dehydrated – find a non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverage ASAP and drink it!
 
Other signs of dehydration are dry or chapped lips, dry skin, fatigue, constipation or decreased movement from your baby.  If you are experiencing these symptoms, get yourself to a place with cooler temperature, have a seat and drink some water or fruit juice.  If your symptoms don’t improve, or your baby doesn’t start increasing their movements within the next hour, call your care provider and ask for further instructions and/or head to a hospital emergency room.
 
Fluid Retention and Dehydration
A pregnant woman carries an average of 15 pounds of extra fluid to support the physiological changes during pregnancy.  This is considered to be a normal amount of fluid increase, sometimes called physiological edema.  A little more than half of that fluid is used to replace the amniotic fluid (it is replaced every hour by using about a cup of water that is stored in the body), it helps to hydrate and nurture the cells of the baby and the placenta.  The rest of it is used in the bloodstream to carry more oxygen and nutrients to the mom and the baby, and to remove waste products from the mom and the baby.
 
Interestingly, fluid retention, as opposed to the fluid increase I described above, may contribute to dehydration.  If you are retaining fluids, the fluid is absent within the cells where it is needed.  Instead, the fluid is retained in the space around the cells, causing the pregnant mom to look puffy and swollen. 
 
Whether it’s normal physiological edema or fluid retention, you may notice that your feet and ankles are uncomfortably swollen.  This happens since your legs are lower than the level of your heart.  It’s harder for blood to work against gravity even when you are not pregnant, so add pregnancy on top of that and you start to swell.  Add in the fact that your growing uterus puts pressure on the veins traveling up towards the heart, and voila, you have swollen feet and ankles.
 
You can relieve this swelling by making sure you are drinking enough water.  Believe it or not, drinking water can reduce your swelling!  While it doesn't seem like it makes sense to get rid of fluids by taking in more, the extra fluids will help flush out your system of waste products which may have increased the swelling in the first place.
 
On the flip side, I should also tell you that it’s possible to get too much water, also known as water intoxication.  In this case, the extreme saturation of water in your body dilutes the necessary electrolytes too much.  This can cause fatigued muscles, muscle cramps and even unconsciousness in the extreme cases. 
 
Use good judgment when it comes to your fluid intake – at least 8 – 10 glasses of water a day if you are moderately active, and more if you are more active.  As I mentioned above, if you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.  Have that drink of water even if it means it’s the 12th or 13th drink you have had that day.  If your thirst persists, it may be time to call your care provider.
 
Here are some other things to do to decrease swelling and its discomforts:  take rings off swollen fingers, use flat and/or open toed shoes, and avoid prolonged sitting or standing positions that allow your blood to pool.  If your activity or job requires you to stay in a standing position for an extended period of time, you can get up and take a five-minute walk or march in place to encourage circulation. If you must sit, do it in such a way that shortens the distance between your heart and your feet, such as propping your feet up on a bench or footstool. The best sitting position for circulation is tailor sitting, so sit on the floor when possible, or armless chair if you are at a desk or table.  No matter what the activity, you can also try a maternity belt to lift your uterus up and allow for better circulation.
 
My favorite way to reduce pregnancy swelling is resting in a side-lying position for 20 – 30 minutes at a time, at least twice a day.  When you lay down, elevate your feet.  You can do this by putting a rolled up blanket or towel underneath your mattress, or propping your feet up on pillows.  It is easier to find time for this if you are expecting your first child – use the time to meditate about the upcoming birth and fill your mind with positive thoughts and affirmations. 
 
Even if you are mom of other children, find the time to lie down twice a day and invite them to join you.  You can use this time to tell older siblings their birth stories, look at pictures of their birth and talk about who came to visit them when they were born.  This can serve to open the lines of communication and talk about their feelings about the new baby, whatever they may be.  Finding time to talk to your children is something you will always treasure.

HYPERTHERMIA
 
Hyperthermia, or over-heating, is one of the most dangerous conditions of pregnancy.  It can start with something as seemingly benign as heat cramps; proceed to heat exhaustion, and quickly progress to the life-threatening condition of heat stroke.  May I remind you again?  It’s okay to be a Drama Queen when it comes to staying cool and comfortable during the summer months.
 
These are the warning signs of hyperthermia.  As with any sign that your pregnancy is moving outside of normal, it is important to get rest and replenish your fluids.  It is imperative that you call your care provider if you experience any of these symptoms and it’s not close to your due date, and you know you been exposed to intense sun and/or heat.  If these symptoms persist after rest and fluid intake, ask yourself if you should be heading to the nearest hospital:
1.  More than five contractions or cramps per hour
2.  Bright red vaginal bleeding
3.  Acute or continuous vomiting
4.  Low, dull backache
5.  Intense pelvic pressure
6.  Swelling or puffiness of the face or hands – this could be a sign of preeclampsia
 
Heat Cramps
Heat cramps are the earliest warning sign of hyperthermia.  This typically follows after heavy perspiration.  The loss of electrolytes leads to muscle spasms.  If and when you experience any cramping after a lot of perspiration, listen to your body.  Take steps to reduce your body temperature immediately and replenish the electrolytes in your body.  If you can recognize and ward off a dangerous rise in body temperature at the beginning, you may be able avoid the other dangers and complications of hyperthermia.
 
Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures, a restricted fluid intake or the failure of the body’s mechanism to regulate your temperature.  Signs that you might be experiencing heat exhaustion are:
- Skin that may feel cool and moist and appear pale
- Headache, nausea, weakness, dizziness, faintness, light-headedness, fatigue, exhaustion, mental confusion, anxiety, muscle cramps
- Rapid, weak pulse
- Breathing may be fast and shallow or it may feel like you have shortness of breath
- Blood pressure may drop
 
I will repeat, the best thing to do if you experience any of these symptoms or warning signs is to take steps to reduce your body temperature immediately and replenish the electrolytes in your body.  These are more serious signs, so please don’t hesitate to enlist the help of strangers to assist you to a cooler place and to bring you water or other fluids, such as juice or an electrolyte drink.
 
Heat Stroke
Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.  When you experience any of these symptoms due to prolonged exposure to high temperatures, a restricted fluid intake or the failure of the body’s mechanism to regulate your temperature, the impact on the body is much greater.  As a Bradley Method® instructor we cannot give you medical advice, what we can and always will tell you to do in these situations is to call your care provider and get yourself to the nearest hospital to ensure that both mother and baby are attended to as soon as possible.
Signs of heat stroke:
- Body temperature reaches 104°F (40°C) or hotter
- Mental confusion
- Combative and bizarre behavior
- Staggering
- Faintness
- Strong and rapid pulse (160-180 bpm)
- Skin will become dry and flushed
- Sweat very little
- Quickly lose consciousness and have convulsions

The two conditions I described today, dehydration and hyperthermia, can become medical complications that can compromise both you and your baby if you don't take simple steps to prevent them.  It bears repeating that staying hydrated, getting rest, and staying out of the heat and direct sunlight as much as possible are some of the simple yet effective steps you can take to stay safe and cool through the summer months.

Check back on Friday for a detailed list of ideas that you can use ranging from clothing to fluids and foods to sun safety.  Many of the ways to stay cool take minimal effort and do not require you to spend a lot of money.  Frugal is good in these interesting times!

Disclaimer:
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation. This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

References:
http://www.freedrinkingwater.com/water-education/water-pregnancy.htm

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=52172

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=51783

http://www.pregnancytoday.com/articles/healthy-safe-pregnancy/pregnant-during-the-summer-months-3185/
http://www.suite101.com/content/coping-with-the-heat-in-pregnancy-a129230 http://www.parentingweekly.com/pregnancy/pregnancy_health_fitness/hot_summer_safety.htm

http://www.courierpress.com/news/2007/jun/18/staying-cool-pregnant-women-face-greater-risks/

http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/pampering/summer-pregnancy-issues/?page=5

http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/pampering/summer-pregnancy-issues/?page=6
 
 

Salt Gets the Green LIght

Posted on September 13, 2011 at 12:24 PM Comments comments (0)
Well, we are back to posting after our class session.  We are so excited to be teaching again after our summer break up in Payson, AZ.
 
Last night was our second class of the series, “Nutrition in Pregnancy”.  We show the video of a visit Dr. Brewer made to one of Marjie & Jay Hathaway’s classes in CA.  Although it’s dated as far as analogies and hairstyles, and some of the information has changed for our generation*, the majority of the information still rings true.
 
Through the information relayed in the video, literally half of our mother’s got the pleasant surprise that having salt when you are pregnant is okay!  They were so happy to hear that their bodies actually need salt and relieved to know that their partners could stop worrying about their salt consumption.
 
What!  Yes, you read that correctly.  Dr. Brewer recommends that pregnant women should “salt to taste”.  That doesn’t mean making it look like it snowed on your plate – let’s not get too crazy.  It does mean that if your body is craving salt, then go ahead and use the saltshaker without guilt. 
 
Cutting back on salt can cause a decrease in the amount of blood circulating through your body and placenta (hypovolemia).  This in turn reduces the supply of nutrients passing to your baby. 
 
From rsc.org:
“It is the sodium (ions) present in salt that the body requires in order to perform a variety of essential functions. Salt helps maintain the fluid in our blood cells and is used to transmit information in our nerves and muscles. It is also used in the uptake of certain nutrients from our small intestines. The body cannot make salt and so we are reliant on food to ensure that we get the required intake.” (Ref 1)
 
What are some indicators that you need to have some salt?  Too little salt in the diet leads to leg cramps and fatigue.  So, if you are experiencing either of those, try adding a little salt to your food or drinking water and see if you start to feel better.
 
Inadequate salt intake can also lead to swelling.  As swelling can be a warning sign of problems developing in your pregnancy, it’s important to check in with your care provider.  Swelling is an indicator for pre-eclampsia, which can lead to toxemia of late pregnancy causing mothers to have seizures or convulsions, and sometimes leads to death of mother and/or baby.  Conversely, you may be experiencing normal swelling (edema) of pregnancy as the body naturally starts to increase your blood volume in preparation for labor and delivery.  Therein lies the confusion: whether it’s the “good” or “bad” swelling, it looks exactly the same to you and your care provider.
 
If you prefer to err on the side of caution, have your care provider test your heart rate and your blood pressure to see how you are doing.  If they are within your range of “normal”, then you can rest a little easier knowing that those indicators of pre-eclampsia are not off and you are probably experiencing normal edema.
 
Once you get the all clear from your care provider, try adding “salt to taste”.  The easiest way for me to add a little salt to my diet is to put a smidge in my drinking water.  Invariably, the swelling improves; just know that this is anecdotal and always check what is best for you with your “gut check” and your care provider.
 
I also want to add that not all salt is created equal.  Check the label and see if there is any anti-caking chemical added to the salt.  In the interest of keeping heavy metals out of your system, avoid a salt product that contains aluminum.  You can also look into using kosher salt or sea salt as alternatives to regular table salt; again, read your labels and know what you are feeding your body and your baby.
 
For a look at all the components of Dr. Brewer’s Pregnancy Nutrition Program, visit http://bradleybirth.com/Diet.aspx
 
Happy Salting!!
 
 
Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation. This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 
*For example, one of the components of his pregnancy eating plan is to have a quart of milk per day since it is a “complete” food: the only vitamin it is missing is Vitamin C and the only mineral it is missing is iron.  With all the concern about the hormones and antibiotics present in milk, and along with many people who are dairy-free due to allergies, and the growing awareness that cow milk is made for cow babies, not human bodies, this is a potentially controversial recommendation.  We encourage our students to eat four servings of “dairy products” per day, which includes things like yogurt and kefir that are easier on the human body; and we also provide a list of foods that are high in calcium if they cannot or do not want to consume dairy products. (Ref 2)
 
References: