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Swelling During Pregnancy

Posted By Gyno-Blog

October 3, 2019

Most women get swollen ankles and feet while expecting their little one. It’s natural to have concerns about swelling since in most cases it can be uncomfortable, make your shoes tighter and possibly make you feel embarrassed. Knowing how to manage it can help you stay as comfortable as possible.

Reasons For Swelling

🤰🏻   While pregnant, you produce more blood than usual to help your baby grow.

🤰🏻   As the baby grows in size, your uterus presses on and slightly block the veins that return blood from your legs to your heart.

🤰🏻   Your hormones make the walls of your veins soft, which makes it harder for them to work properly.

Where and when will I get swelling?

♠   The swelling should be only in your feet and ankles.

♠   Your fingers might get a little larger – enough to make any rings feel tight – but they shouldn’t be swollen.

♠   Your feet and ankles are likely to swell later in the day. This is mainly due to gravity – any extra fluid in your body will sink to your feet and ankles, especially if you spend a lot of time on your feet.

♠   Swelling is also more likely to happen later in your pregnancy.

♠   Gradual swelling isn’t harmful to you or your baby, but it can feel uncomfortable.

How can I reduce swelling?

❕   Avoid standing for a long time without moving
❕   Wear comfortable shoes (avoid tight straps )
❕   Put your feet up while you sit
❕   Limit salty foods and control the intake of salt in your diet
❕   Sleep on your left side as it helps blood return to the heart
❕   Exercise regularly

After all, it is part of this, Momma! Don’t worry. But please take advise from your doctor if you face too many difficulties due to this.

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