Swelling in Pregnancy When to Worry

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Swelling in Pregnancy When to Worry

Swelling in Pregnancy

So how do you reduce swelling in pregnancy? When should I worry? I get it. This new body change can cause anxiety as you are unsure if it is something to worry about or not. The best advice I can give you right now is to see your doctor and alleviate some of that worry.

Today, in the video below, I will be showing you some techniques you can use to help reduce the risk of your ankles swelling.

When you are pregnant, edema occurs when body fluids increase to nurture both you and your baby.

As a result, these fluids accumulate in your tissues due to increased blood flow and pressure of your growing uterus on the pelvic veins and your vena cava..

Swelling during Pregnancy is Normal

When chatting to your girlfriends, you soon find out that swelling is a normal part of pregnancy. This swelling is caused by this additional blood and fluid.

The difficult thing for you is knowing if your swelling is normal, or it reflects a more serious issue.

Normal swelling is often called edema.

Where does this swelling occur?

It can occur in your face, hands, legs, ankles, and feet.

Why does this swelling in pregnancy occur?

This swelling, or extra retention of fluid, is required to soften the body and allow it to expand as the baby develops. Extra fluid also helps prepare the pelvic joints and tissues to open for delivery.

It can be experienced at any time. However, you are more likely to experience it in the second trimester and can increase while you are in the third trimester.

What else can cause the swelling?

1. Heat

2. If your diet is low in potassium (eat bananas).

3. High sodium intake.

4. Standing for long periods of time.

5. Long days of activity.

6. High level of caffeine consumption.

When should I be worried?

Slight swelling is expected during pregnancy. The time to be concerned and seek professional advice is when you experience sudden swelling in your hands and your face


It could be a sign of preeclampsia.

How To Reduce Swelling

As mentioned, you can help reduce swelling by eating foods that are high in potassium, such as bananas, and by avoiding caffeine.

Helpful Tips:

1. Elevate your feet.

2. Have a rest when needed.

3. Avoid standing for long periods.

4. Sty out of the outdoor heat.

5. Wear comfortable shoes.

6. Don't wear high heels if possible.

7. Wear supportive stockings.

8. Avoid clothes that are tight around your wrists or ankles.

9. Use cold compresses on swollen areas.

10. Drink plenty of water