Monitoring Your Fluid Intake
Restricting fluids can help avoid or decrease swelling and fluid retention. Patients are often placed on a two-liter (2000cc) fluid restriction, but each patient is different so consult your PH specialist.
Keep these tips in mind:
- Measure the amount of fluid you are drinking every day, at least for the first few weeks. Two liters of fluid equals 8.6 cups. Remember to count the water you take with your pills. Soups, sherbet, popsicles, and jello are also counted as fluids. A cup of ice is usually counted as ½ cup of water.
- Weight gain is often one of the first signs that you are retaining fluid. Weigh yourself daily. If you gain 3-5 pounds in a day, or if it continues for two or more days, call your healthcare provider.
- Try keeping a food journal including how much fluid and sodium you have consumed each day. Writing it down can help you stay on track.