Swelling (Edema) in PregnancyWhen does normal swelling become alarming?
Swelling (Edema) in Pregnancy
You can go ahead and consider yourself normal if you notice a little swelling in your legs, feet and ankles during pregnancy. Ocassionally, your hands and face may swell some as well. Our bodies make and store more fluid during pregnancy and the excess fluids can cause swelling that tends to be worse towards the end of the day or during the summer months.
Most women notice that their extremities are swollen during the later parts of pregnancy. This is because the uterus puts pressure on the veins in your legs and feet and causes fluid to build up in the ankles and feet. Because standing and sitting for long periods of time increases the pressure on the veins, you will notice more swelling afterwards.
If you notice that you are swelling during your pregnancy, you can releive the pressure by putting your feet up on a footstool or lying down on your side. Do not stand for long periods of time and make sure to take frequent breaks during the day and prop your feet up. If you have been sitting for a long time, get up and take a walk or do some leg exercises to improve your circulation. When you are sitting down, try not to cross your legs because this will increase the pressure on the veins. Because heat makes swelling worse, stay cool and drink lots of water throughout the day. Do not wear tight clothes or jewelry that cuts off circulation in your wrists, arms, legs or ankles.
Even though some mild swelling is normal during pregnancy, you should report any severe or sudden swelling to your doctor. If your hands or face are excessively swollen, your caregiver should know about it. During pregnancy, women can develop preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a condition that causes high blood pressure and can be dangerous to both you and your developing baby if not cared for properly. In addition to severe swelling, you should contact your doctor if you develop severe headaches, blurred vision, dizziness or if one of your extremities is much more swollen that the other.
Comments: Swelling (Edema) in Pregnancy
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1899 days ago.
Has anyone had POST pregnancy swelling? I wasnt swelling untill after I had my son, well a little in like the l;ast week...but im 8 days pp now and my feet hands anf face are still swollen! I am drinking ALOT of water as I am breastfeeding, is that maybe why? should I like take a water pill? AshleyNicole*TeamPink*
2010 days ago.
Would they give you fluid pills if you went to the ER? I have no more butt as my legs & feet are swollen all the way up. I've had a horrible pain in my feet for weeks without the swelling going away night after night, my doctors say its normal, but I have sores on my ankle due to them blowing up so badly. My mom say it looks like the skin is starting to break open on my feet/ankle area. Lilmissesmum-
2022 days ago.
mamabarbara25 I would go and get a second opinion if I was you just to be on the safe side. mamabarbara25
2023 days ago.
for the past couple of days i started having swelling in my right foot (on top) its really starting to bother me ive told my doctor and he said its normal at the end of pregnancy to start to swell and to make sure im drinking enough fluids a day and to watch my salt intake dgirl
2071 days ago.
So i have swelling in my lower calves and ankles and the tops of my feet (swince like week 30). But it helps when I elevate for sure. My hands were buggin me though. Could hardly brush my teeth when I woke up b/c my grip on the toothbrush was so fat and loose. THEN one day my hands went back to normal (almost) and I figured out I had eaten bananas a few hours before. It has something to do with potassium. Anyway TRY it and let me know if I am crazy!? It totally works for most of the day. HAd to try and hlep b/c that is sooo simple!!! aimeelou1985
2074 days ago.
I'm 32 weeks pregnant and have just noticed I have swelling in my feet & ankles, I know its normal to have swelling but I can't help worrying! As I'm at work I can't really do much to prevent it, I have my legs up but they're not above my bottom. When I get home I'm going to have a lavendar foot bath with cool water. Plus its a very sunny day in England today!! schweetbaby
2098 days ago.
swelling in pregnancy is normal! i m 23 weeks pregnant. I was told to eat salt and salty food very less to avoid swelling and other complications later. I m trying....hoping for the best! msmeli81
2112 days ago.
lately its been hot where i live and my legs and ankles have been swelling up a lot and hurting...so i keep my feet elevated and it feels alot better... Vikki
2208 days ago.
Boy this is HORRIBLE, I am BALLOON GIRL!!!!!!!! Ugggg. Oh well It's nearly over, I'm 37 wks:-D danaw
2210 days ago.
I am 25 weeks and have had some swelling, BUT today my feet, ankle, and calf has swelled up like a balloon!!! Only one though, the other side has seemed to stay its normal semi-swollen self... Is this really normal???? pregnantladi
2233 days ago.
Im 19 weeks and have woken up this morning with very swollen hands. I dont have any other signs of Preeclampsia not dizziness or pains anywhere else!!! I had a scan only 2 days ago and they said the baby was fine and have a midwife's appointment 2 morrow. Does anyone else suffer from this????? Worried. :-( Madi.and.Liams.Mommy18
2238 days ago.
I'm 1 day overdue today =( I don't think he's ever coming out...my legs and feet have been so bad with swelling this last week..they look almost exactly like the picture =( jmercedess
2258 days ago.
Im close to 18 weeks and I work at a hotel standing for 8 hours Ive been swelling in my calfs and ankles and it hurts jhjohnston
2269 days ago.
I am having lots of swelling and it is driving me nuts. please give me some tips. I am at 29 weeks and just cant stand it anymore. it hurts to walk or do anything!