Swelling comes with the territory during your pregnancy with mild swelling or fluid retention particularly common. Most often, swelling is associated with the last months of pregnancy but can take place at any time. It most commonly affects the feet and lower legs but can also take place in the hands.
Don’t worry. Swelling is typically not something to be concerned about. Discomfort is a side effect of swelling and many women can be bothered by their appearance, especially if they notice changes in their neck and face. Women with high blood pressure can experience significant swelling and at a higher rate.
Though swelling is not usually something to be concerned about, notify your health care provider about any sudden swelling — especially in the hands or face. Also let your provider know about any rapid weight gain.
To relieve swelling:
- Avoid long periods of standing
- Drink a lot of water
- Lie down on your left side and elevate your legs
- Limit your salt intake
- Minimize outdoor activity in hot weather
- Wear compression stockings and comfortable shoes