What is normal swelling and what is not in pregnancy?


What is normal swelling and what is not in pregnancy?

It’s normal to have swelling, especially later in your pregnancy. This is usually temporary and goes away after the delivery. 

Swelling happens when your body holds on to more fluid than usual during trimester 2 and 3 of the pregnancy. This is called edema.

Normal Swelling
It’s common for pregnant women to feel puffiness in their ankles, feet, and fingers. However, some women can have swelling for another 12 weeks after the delivery. 

Unusual Swelling
Swelling can also be a sign that something more serious is wrong:

You should contact your doctor immediately if you have these symptoms.

How to cope with foot and ankle swelling?
Swelling in your ankles tends to get worse as the day goes on. Here are the things you can do to relieve the swelling.

If none of the things listed above work, or you are concerned or have strong pain, speak to your doctor to look for individual therapy.


Dr. Wanwadee Sapmee Panyakat (OB-GYN) (29 May 2019)


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