You’re not alone and it’s pretty normal to get some swelling in pregnancy. You might notice the swelling particularly in your legs, ankles, feet, and fingers. Cue the anxiety when the rings don’t want to come off as easily. By the end of the day, it’s often worse. The further into your pregnancy, the more you notice and feel like you’re about to explode. The swelling is caused by increased fluid retention.
The feet and ankles will swell from fluid retention due to gravity. Make sure you allow your body time by elevating your legs for periods of time. You could also try compression socks to help alleviate that fluid buildup. To stop the accumulation, put the compression socks on as soon as you wake up.
Don’t worry, swelling that comes on gradually is not usually harmful to you or your baby, but it can be uncomfortable according to NHS.
All Of A Sudden
If you notice the swelling is a sudden increase, talk with your doctor right away. It can be a sign of pre-eclampsia. That is a a condition that needs to be monitored as soon as possible.
When it comes to your diet, make sure you are limiting your salt intake. Stay hydrated drinking enough fluids though the day. Water is your best friend! Learn more about the importance of hydrating with water here. Remember, you are eating and hydrating for two now! ;)
Enjoy as much exercise as your body requires. We have written a blog on exercising during pregnancy that you can check out. It highlights some important tips to keep your body moving. Check it out here!