Swelling or Edema

Swelling of the hands, feet and ankles may occur during pregnancy. This is normal. Ankles, feet and fingers often swell in pregnancy because the body holds more water than usual. It'll also be more noticeable in warm weather. Edema is a normal condition unless it's persistent and generalized. If you notice swelling in your face or throughout the rest of your body, it could be an indication of pre-eclampsia or toxemia. If you notice these signs, consult your doctor or midwife. To help deal with edema, practice this advice:

  • Try to avoid standing for long periods of time
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Do foot exercises
  • Put your feet up as much as you can
  • Soak your feet in warm water
  • Include plenty of protein in your diet and drink lots of water
  • Wear compression stockings

If you have gout during your pregnancy you may also notice some swelling and discomfort. Check out some gout treatments for relief of these symptoms.

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