Swollen feet & ankles during Pregnancy

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Swollen feet & ankles during Pregnancy

Swollen feet & ankles during Pregnancy

What is edema? When surplus fluid collects in your tissue, the medical condition is known as Edema.

It is normal to experience swollen feet & ankles during pregnancy as you are retaining supplementary water. Your growing uterus puts pressure on your pelvic veins and that pressure slows the return of blood from your legs, which forces fluid from your veins into the tissues of your feet and ankles. It is most likely to trouble you during the third trimester.

Consult your doctor if you notice swelling in your face or puffiness around your eyes, your hands. This could be a sign of pre-eclampsia.

Swelling goes away after delivery, but while you experience swelling you should:

  • Avoid standing for long duration. Sit with your feet up and occasionally rotate your feet at the ankles.  Lie down with your legs elevated.
  • Prefer sleeping on left side. This posture reduces pressure on the inferior vena cava.
  • You can wear supportive tights or stockings during the day.
  • Ensure to include a routine of physical activity.
  • Use of water pressure, standing or walking in a pool can help in compressing  tissues in the legs and will provide temporary relief from swelling during pregnancy.
  • Foot massages is helpful in decreasing foot and ankle swelling during pregnancy.