Why It Happens
Swelling of the hands, face, legs, ankles, and feet is normal. It's caused by the extra fluid that develops in your body during pregnancy. Swelling tends to be worst in the third trimester.
What to Do
When to Be Concerned
- Sit with your feet up often, and sleep with your legs propped up on pillows to keep fluids from building up in your feet.
- Drink eight to ten glasses of water a day.
- Change positions frequently.
- Avoid sleeping on your back in late pregnancy.
If you are badly swollen or you have sudden swelling in your face or hands, contact your doctor. This could signal a problem such as high blood pressure.
Sources: Planning Your Pregnancy and Birth, Third Edition, by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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