Pregnancy: Age 35+ Community
About This Community:

A community of expecting mothers (35+ Years Old) offering support through pregnancy and childbirth. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences.

Font Size:
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank

Pregnancy Symptom: Swelling

Swelling

What It Feels Like

Swelling occurs when there's more fluid in your body tissues than normal (water retention). Your feet, face and hands will probably swell (edema) and your rings will likely become too tight at some point during the pregnancy. As the due date approaches, swelling often becomes more noticeable.

Why do you experience swelling?

Fluid pools in your ankles if you're standing for extended periods of time. This is especially prone to happen in hot weather. Another aggravating factor is high blood pressure, which can force fluid from the bloodstream into the tissues. Pregnancy hormones also play a role, causing retention of sodium by the kidneys, which causes the body to retain fluid. 

How to Alleviate and Prevent Swelling

  • Don't stand for long periods of time. 
  • Put your feet up. 
  • Avoid salty foods. 
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks. 
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of fluids daily. 
  • Ask your doctor about support hose. 
  • Rest.

Risks to Your Baby

Swelling can be dangerous if it's associated with preeclampsia

 

 

Swelling by Pregnancy Week 

 

Read about other common pregnancy symptoms>>

Top Pregnancy Answerers
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Cindy0624
1035252_tn?1427231433
Blank
Ashelen
Tallahassee, FL
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
niki137
FL
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Kathy2015
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
schenner2
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Sass508
Blank
Pregnancy Tracker
Track your pregnancy
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
6077797_tn?1430176255
Blank
veronica0808 Olivia is doing awsone. con... Comment
1 hr ago
4548024_tn?1415764531
Blank
renae176 Jack has his first appt wit... Comment
2 hrs ago
1448645_tn?1370071096
Blank
Durban81 commented on Scan - 12 Weeks
5 hrs ago
Go
BlankBlankBlank
Report
Rating
Category
Start Date
Oct 20, 2009
by sk123
Last Revision
Nov 04, 2009
by Med Help