Is swelling normal, during pregnancy?
A certain amount of swelling, called edema, is normal during pregnancy. Edema is caused by fluid retention, and usually occurs in the legs. This type of swelling commonly begins during the last few months of pregnancy, and may occur more often in the summer. Never take medications (water pills) for swelling unless you have had them prescribed. If you are experiencing edema in your legs, Women’s OB-GYN recommends doing the following:
- Elevate your legs when possible.
- Rest in bed on your side.
- Do not wear stockings or socks that have a tight band of elastic around the legs.
- Stand up and move around every hour.
- Try not to stand still for long periods of time.
Let your doctor or nurse know if you have swelling in your hands or face, because this may indicate other complications.