During pregnancy, a lot of temporary changes could happen to a woman. These changes includes her body, preferences of foods, senses especially taste and smell, hormonal changes, occurance of pregnancy-specific boils and rashes, and swelling of hands and feet (sometimes face swell too when you get nearer and nearer to your due). This swelling is called Edema. In this article, let’s discuss further about these swelling, why it occurs, how soon they become noticeable, whet you can do with them and when to worry about it.
What Causes The Swelling?
When a woman is pregnant, her body produces more blood and fluids. This happens in order to cater the needs of the baby for healthy development. The fluids also enable the mother’s body to soften and expand as baby grows inside the tummy. To some mommies, it may be noticeable but there are also mommies whose body don’t swell that much.
When Does the Swelling Occur?
Usually, the production of more fluid and blood starts from the moment you get pregnant but the swelling becomes more noticesable by the time you reach the 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy. The swelling may include your legs, ankle and face as you get closer to your delivery date. Elders would even say that when your nose gets visibly bigger, that’s a sign that anytime soon, you will give birth already.
How Can You Treat the Swelling?
Although there is no guarantee that the swelling will be completely gone, there are some factors that are affecting it. So what you can do is avoid these so the swelling won’t get worse.
•Avoid standing for a long period of time.
•Avoid going outside on a hot day.
•Avoid clothes that are tight on your wrist and ankle.
•Avoid having too much salt on your meals
•Avoid using high heels
•Use comfortable shoes and sandals
•Cold compress on the swollen part of your body
•Rest your feet while elevating them.
•Get a good swim in the pool
When to Get Worried?
Swelling is normal during pregnancy, but you also need to look for other symptoms and know when you should consult your doctor. If the swelling is accompanied by fever, pain, redness and hardness on the area where there is swelling, if the other feet is a lot swollen than the other, if you experience lightheadedness and headache, sudden and excessive swelling, if you experience too much discomfort or you have difficulty of breathing.
Being pregnant means you need to take care of yourself so you could take care of the baby inside you. Knowing what to expect and what to experience during pregnancy is a big help so you can have yourself ready for it. Avoid what should be avoided and do what you must do so that you can avoid complications and your baby will be delivered safe and healthy.