Cardiomyopathy Peripartum Fluid Restriction
Some patients with postpartum cardiomyopathy are unable to remove excess liquids in the diet. The accumulation of fluid in the body places stress on the heart. These people require a limit on the amount of fluids they may safely consume each day. Water is a major component of solid food. Two cups (about 500 cc) of fluid is equal to about one pound of fluid.
Tips on limiting fluid intake for those with postpartum cardiomyopathy include:
- Drain fluid from canned fruits and vegetables.
- Place your daily amount of liquid in a container so you can monitor your intake.
- Avoid coffee, tea, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages.
- Use lemon wedges or hard candies to reduce thirst.
- Rinse your mouth with water but do not swallow it.
- Use small cups and glasses.
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