When Pregnancy Swelling Becomes Concerning


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The two most concerning conditions during pregnancy that can cause swelling are preeclampsia and a blood clot. First thing to remember: These conditions aren’t common, but the risk is real during. When will pregnancy swelling go away? So when will the swelling finally subside? “Within about 24 hours after delivery, most women will notice a big difference,” says Gruslin. “In the meantime, just remember that what you’re experiencing is normal.

Swelling may be experienced at any point during pregnancy, but it tends to be noticed around the fifth month and can increase while you are in the third trimester. The following factors may also affect swelling: Summertime heat. Standing for long periods of time. Long days of activity.

Some women start to notice the swelling early on, but it usually develops during the second and third trimester. Although we often have little control over the swelling, some things that can increase swelling during pregnancy include: Standing for a long time; Prolonged activity; Hot weather; Eating a lot of sodium (salt) Low levels of potassium. During pregnancy, the body produces approximately 50% more blood and body fluids to meet the needs of the developing baby. Swelling is a normal part of pregnancy that is caused by this additional blood and fluid.

Edema (swelling in ankles and feet) is a common symptom in the third trimester of pregnancy. Get tips for prevention and when to call your doctor. When should I be concerned about swelling during pregnancy? It’s normal to have a moderate amount of edema in the ankles and feet during pregnancy, and you may also have mild swelling in your hands. Normal swelling during pregnancy is most often experienced during the third trimester, when standing or active for long periods of time, in the heat/summer, or when excess sodium or caffeine is consumed.

But perhaps the biggest problems occur when your swelling is accompanied by other concerning symptoms – because swelling accompanied by symptoms such as headache or high blood pressuremay be in indicator that you are suffering from pre-eclampsia. Preeclampsia is a very scary pregnancy condition that we should all be aware of. As your little one inches closer to birth in the third trimester, your blood volume reaches its peak.

Hint: That’s why your swelling (among other slight unpleasantries) can peak around this time. But that’s not all. The massive increase in body fluids during pregnancy is.

Some swelling in the legs and ankles is normal (physiologic) during pregnancy and occurs during the 3rd trimester. Doctors can identify serious causes of swelling based on results of a physical examination, blood pressure measurement, urine tests, and sometimes ultrasonography.

List of related literature:

Swelling/fluid retention: Mild swelling is common during pregnancy but severe swelling that persists may indicate preeclampsia (abnormal condition marked by high blood pressure).

“Midwifery and Obstetrical Nursing” by Sharma
from Midwifery and Obstetrical Nursing
by Sharma
Gen Next Publications, 2009

Edema, or swelling, may occur in the legs, ankles, and feet from several factors: (1) fluid volume increases up to 50% during this time, (2) the enlarged uterus compresses vessels and impairs circulation of blood and lymph in the lower extremities, and (3) pregnancy hormones may contribute to swelling.

“Massage Therapy E-Book: Principles and Practice” by Susan G. Salvo
from Massage Therapy E-Book: Principles and Practice
by Susan G. Salvo
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

Swelling is normal, especially in the last trimester.

“American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Revised and Updated 4th Edition” by Roberta Larson Duyff
from American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Revised and Updated 4th Edition
by Roberta Larson Duyff
HMH Books, 2012

Here’s the thing: a certain amount of swelling during pregnancy is normal.

“The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth” by Genevieve Howland
from The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
by Genevieve Howland
Gallery Books, 2017

WATER SWELLING in pregnancy.

“A Practical Dictionary of Chinese Medicine” by Nigel Wiseman, Ye Feng
from A Practical Dictionary of Chinese Medicine
by Nigel Wiseman, Ye Feng
Paradigm Publications, 1998

Swelling (edema) is another common pregnancy­related complaint—and one that tends to become more bothersome as your pregnancy progresses.

“The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything In Between” by Ann Douglas
from The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything In Between
by Ann Douglas
Wiley, 2011

The woman who is pregnant or suspects pregnancy, who reports the onset of edema, sudden weight gain, headaches, or sudden elevation of blood pressure, should be evaluated by the physician promptly.

“Essentials of Human Diseases and Conditions” by Margaret Schell Frazier, RN, CMA, BS, Jeanette Drzymkowski, RN, BS
from Essentials of Human Diseases and Conditions
by Margaret Schell Frazier, RN, CMA, BS, Jeanette Drzymkowski, RN, BS
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015

Swelling of the hands (ask if she has noticed if her rings are tight) or face (difficulty opening eyes in the morning because of edema of the eyelids), however, indicates edema that is more extensive than usual.

“Maternal & Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family” by Adele Pillitteri
from Maternal & Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family
by Adele Pillitteri
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010

Sudden weight gain is more important than the presence of edema as ankle edema can occur to a greater or lesser extent in approximately 60 percent of normal pregnancies.

“Family Medicine: Principles and Practice” by J. L. Buckingham, E. P. Donatelle, W. E. Jacott, M. G. Rosen, Robert B. Taylor
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by J. L. Buckingham, E. P. Donatelle, et. al.
Springer New York, 2013

For example, if the patient is susceptible to toxemia, teach her to recognize its early signs, such as rapid weight gain, headaches, or ankle or eyelid edema.

“Illustrated Manual of Nursing Practice” by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
from Illustrated Manual of Nursing Practice
by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2002

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  • Lots of useful information and congratulations on your pregnancy. You are a wonderful doctor and have helped me numerous times and I thank you for that.

  • There are a few things to relieve ankle pain
    research some easy exercises online
    Use hot and cold packs alternately
    Lose weight (if you are over weight)
    Do more exercise
    (I discovered these and why they work from Jasontas Remedy Tactic website )

  • Thank you! I do this exercise first thing in the morning, while still in bed, together with my wrists, as well as, the last thing at night before going to bed. I love it!