Swollen feet are quite common during pregnancy. Fluid tends to collect in your tissue. Mainly because your retaining more water. Your body is producing 50% more blood and body fluids to meet the demands of the baby. Also know as edema, generally found in the hands, legs, ankles and feet.

There are several factors that could affect swelling. High intake of sodium, caffeine or low potassium can contribute to swelling. Standing for long periods of time or excess activities and summer time heat. Swelling will likely be noticed around the fifth month and increase as the pregnancy heads into the third trimester.

The extra fluid is needed in order to soften the body to help it expand. It also helps to lubricate the joints and tissues to allow for childbirth. Swelling happens due to the weight and pressure on the pelvic veins. A large vein call the vena cava runs on the right side of the body and carries blood to the lower limbs and back to the heart. This pressure slows the circulation, resulting in the tissues to fill with fluid. This fluid makes up 25% of gained weight during pregnancy.

After you have the baby, the swelling will disappear. Try lying on your left side to rest. Keep your feet up whenever possible, stretch often, wiggle and rotate your toes, take breaks from sitting and standing. Don’t wear restrictive socks or shoes, allow your feet to breathe. Drink lots of water, this will help flush the excess. Exercise and eat well, these tips should help alleviate discomfort and prevent swelling.

Keep in mind any excessive swelling should be looked at by your doctor, it could be a symptom of something more

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