As you progress through your pregnancy, you may see notice your feet and ankles start to swell. Swelling or oedema affects roughly three quarters of expecting mums, more often in the third trimester.
Why do my feet and ankles swell during pregnancy?
A woman’s blood volume can increase by 50% during pregnancy. Added to this, hormonal fluid retention and extra pressure on the pelvic veins (and inferior vena cava) caused by the expanding uterus can cause the accumulation of fluid and swelling in the lower body.
Other factors that contribute to swollen feet and ankles during pregnancy include:
When will my feet and ankles start to swell?
First trimester. As your progesterone levels increase rapidly, you may notice some abdominal bloating or some puffiness in your face, hands, or feet. If you notice pronounced swelling and/or your swelling is accompanied by headaches, dizziness, bleeding speak with your doctor immediately.
Second trimester (starting week 13). You may start noticing swollen feet around the fourth or fifth month of your pregnancy. Your rings and shoes might feel a little snug.
Third trimester (starting week 28). During the third trimester as your baby continues to grow, this is when most women start to experience some swelling in their feet and ankles. The weight of your baby and uterus slows blood flow and circulation from your legs back to your heart.
Most extra fluid decreases in the first few weeks following the birth of your baby.
What can I do to relieve swelling at home?
Luckily there are some simple natural home remedies and lifestyle changes you can try to reduce swelling and improve comfort:
Should I see a doctor about edema?
Swollen feet and ankles may be quite normal during pregnancy, though in some cases, it may be indicative of more serious health issues. See your doctor if you experience sudden swelling or if your swelling occurs in combination with headaches, dizziness and/or abdominal pain.
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