During pregnancy, the extra fluid in the body and the pressure from the growing uterus can cause swelling (or “edema”) in the ankles and feet. The swelling tends to get worse as a woman’s due date nears, particularly near the end of the day and during hotter weather.
What does it mean when your feet swell while pregnant?
Swelling is caused by your body holding more water than usual when you’re pregnant. Throughout the day the extra water tends to gather in the lowest parts of the body, especially if the weather is hot or you have been standing a lot. The pressure of your growing womb can also affect the blood flow in your legs.
When should I be concerned about swelling during pregnancy?
If you experience sudden or gradually worsening swelling in your face, around your eyes, or in your hands accompanied by high blood pressure, call your doctor immediately. This could be a symptom of preeclampsia, which requires immediate treatment to protect you and baby.
Is it OK to walk with swollen feet while pregnant?
Now it’s time to get a move on. Any kind of exercise during pregnancy — even just getting up from your desk for a brisk walk to the water cooler — will help deflate your swollen feet by getting those pooled fluids flowing again. Swimming (or other water exercises) is an especially great choice to combat edema.
When does swelling feet start in pregnancy?
It’s not unusual to start noticing swollen feet around the fifth month of pregnancy, especially if you’re on your feet a lot or the weather is hot. This swelling is due to the increasing volume of blood and fluids in your body.
What can I eat to reduce swelling during pregnancy?
Try to eat more lean proteins like fish, poultry, turkey, or beef. You can also pair these proteins with lots of fresh or frozen vegetables. Increase your potassium by eating bananas, sweet potatoes, avocado, and kidney beans. Potassium helps to reduce swelling by keeping your body chemically balanced.
What happens if you get preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia may result in damage to the kidneys, liver, lung, heart, or eyes, and may cause a stroke or other brain injury. The amount of injury to other organs depends on the severity of preeclampsia.
How is preeclampsia detected?
Pre-eclampsia is easily diagnosed during the routine checks you have while you’re pregnant. During these antenatal appointments, your blood pressure is regularly checked for signs of high blood pressure and a urine sample is tested to see if it contains protein.
Does stress cause preeclampsia?
Stress may lead to high blood pressure during pregnancy. This puts you at risk of a serious high blood pressure condition called preeclampsia, premature birth and having a low-birthweight infant. Stress also may affect how you respond to certain situations.
Do legs get fatter during pregnancy?
It’s normal to gain some fat in your thighs during pregnancy. How else would you support a growing baby? But this shouldn’t stop you from maximizing your nutrition and engaging in safe exercise throughout your 3 trimesters.