Of all the amazing and (sometimes) disturbing changes in your body during Pregnancy your swollen feet may not appear to be alarming for any reason. And it seems Jessica Simpson who is pregnant with her third child is not immune. In a post of a particularly swollen left foot on Instagram this week, Simpson asked her followers if they had any advice.
"Any means?!" She wrote. "Help!!!!" The commentators assured her that the swelling during pregnancy is normal for many people, and gave some tips, such as wearing compression socks and increasing legs.
There are some perfectly normal reasons why the swelling occurs, but not everyone experiences the same degree.
This swelling is all thanks to the increased fluid retention that you experience during pregnancy, SELF, as explained previously . Thanks to gravity, this swelling is strongest in the feet and ankles. But it's more than that: your growing uterus puts extra pressure on the veins in that part of the body and makes it harder for the blood to return to the heart.
However, not everyone suffers the same amount of swelling. And those who experience this may notice different swelling in different pregnancies.
If your swelling is disturbing, the Mayo Clinic suggests trying some tried-and-tested remedies, such as trying to get as far from your feet as possible, lifting your legs whenever possible, and wearing compression stockings , Sleeping on the left side, which can somewhat relieve a certain vein in the body, can help promote blood flow and relieve some swelling.
High levels of sodium in the body may also contribute to swelling . So if you have a high sodium diet, it is important to talk to your doctor while you are pregnant. They may help you reduce your sodium intake, which in turn can help reduce your swelling.
Even though it might be tempting to counteract the swelling caused by less water, it remains hydrated for (always, yes, but especially if you are pregnant).
Sometimes a swelling can be a sign of something more serious. If you are not sure what is going on, it is important to contact your doctor.
All of this swelling can cause pain, tingling, and a "heavy" feeling, which makes things pretty uncomfortable. However, swelling generally does not cause lasting damage or endangers your health.
In rare cases, however, swelling may be a sign of a blood clot, explains the Mayo Clinic . Deep venous thrombosis (19459005) DVT – a blood clot that forms in the deeper veins of the body, often in the legs – can cause swelling that mimics the normal swelling of pregnancy in the ankle and leg area. However, DVT usually only causes fluctuations in one or the other leg.
It may also be a symptom of preeclampsia (sometimes called toxemia ), a condition that causes high blood pressure to occur during pregnancy. When it comes to pre-eclampsia, the swelling is more likely to be sudden and can also occur on the face or in the hands, not just the legs.
The good news is that swelling is annoying, but not usually a sign of something serious. However, if you are concerned or your swelling does not look like a normal pregnancy swelling, you should contact your doctor.