Swelling, or edema, is a common symptom experienced by many pregnant women, particularly during the later stages of pregnancy. It occurs due to increased blood volume and pressure on the veins caused by the growing uterus. This can lead to fluid retention and swelling in various parts of the body, including the feet and legs.
While some degree of swelling is considered normal during pregnancy, excessive or sudden swelling may be a cause for concern. It could be a sign of preeclampsia, a serious condition characterized by high blood pressure and organ damage. Other symptoms of preeclampsia include severe headaches, vision changes, abdominal pain, and rapid weight gain.
To alleviate swelling and discomfort in your feet and legs, try elevating your legs whenever possible, wearing comfortable shoes with good support, avoiding standing or sitting for long periods without moving around, drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated, and reducing your sodium intake.
However, if you notice any sudden or severe swelling accompanied by other concerning symptoms mentioned above or if you are unsure about whether your level of swelling is normal or not, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider. They will be able to assess your condition accurately and provide appropriate guidance based on your individual circumstances.