Do your feet seem swollen and puffy? It’s normal to have a moderate amount of swelling, especially during your third trimester. Here’s what you could do to alleviate or avoid it.
Your body retains more fluids during pregnancy. This can lead to swelling in the legs, ankles and feet. However, there are some simple measures you can take to alleviate the swelling, or maybe even stop it from happening in the first place.
Swelling in pregnancy doesn’t mean you should decrease the amount of fluids you drink. Aim to drink about 10 cups of water (2.3 liters) per day or more if you are active or feel you need it as this does not have a negative impact on your swelling.
We recommend that you go and see your doctor. Even though it is normal to become swollen during pregnancy, if you feel unusual pain, or that the swelling is happening too suddenly, it is best to consult your doctor.
Another form of swelling in pregnancy is called edema. Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body’s tissues. It is most common in the hands, arms, feet, ankles and legs. Here are some simple tips on how to alleviate the swelling. We have a dedicated article on edema in pregnancy, if you would like to read that too.
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