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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:
|from Midwifery and Obstetrical Nursing|
|from Massage Therapy E-Book: Principles and Practice|
|from American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Revised and Updated 4th Edition|
|from The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth|
|from A Practical Dictionary of Chinese Medicine|
|from The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything In Between|
|from Essentials of Human Diseases and Conditions|
|from Maternal & Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family|
|from Family Medicine: Principles and Practice|
|from Illustrated Manual of Nursing Practice|