Swelling, often referred to as edema, is a common part of pregnancy. Your body is rapidly expanding and changing, and as a result, it produces more fluid and blood. This excess fluid allows your pelvic tissue and joints to open for delivery, but until you actually have your baby, you will have to live with swollen feet, ankles, legs, hands, and sometimes even a swollen face. While swelling is perfectly normal during your last trimester of pregnancy, there are some signs that you should watch out for. The following is a list from your Sarasota obstetrics clinic of concerning signs that can accompany your swelling:

  • Chest pain or trouble breathing- These symptoms along with swelling could be a sign of heart trouble.
  • Headache and vision changes (sensitivity to light, blurriness, etc.)- Swelling that comes with these symptoms could be a sign for preeclampsia, which is a kind of high blood pressure that is pregnancy specific.
  • Pain and swelling in a specific area, like your left leg- These signs can be an early signal of a blood clot.

Most of the time, swelling if just a normal part of pregnancy, and there is nothing to worry about. However, if you experience any of the above signs, you should contact your doctor right away. You can help to reduce your swelling by staying hydrated, propping your feet up, and going on walks. You can also try swimming and massage therapy, and you should avoid crossing your legs whenever possible. Do you have more questions about swelling during pregnancy? Feel free to contact University Park Obstetric and Gynecology today!