Whats All the Swelling Akout

Edema is the uncomfortable swelling, or retention of water, that occurs primarily in your feet, ankles, and hands during pregnancy. As long as there's no increase in blood pressure or protein in the urine, edema is normal and unfortunately tends to get worse in the last trimester. However, there is no need to panic; most of this bothersome fluid will be lost during and shortly after your baby's delivery.

Make yourself more comfortable from the effects of edema:

  • Lie down with your feet elevated on a pillow.
  • Remove all of your tight rings.
  • Wear loose, comfortable shoes.
  • Ease up on the salty stuff such as sauerkraut, pickles, soy sauce, salty pretzels, and chips.
  • Never restrict your fluid intake; always continue to drink plenty of fluids.
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