Swelling (Edema)

You might notice that your rings are getting tighter, or your feet don’t fit quite as comfortably into your shoes.  As long as it comes and goes, this slight to moderate swelling is considered a good sign that your body is reacting appropriately to pregnancy. You can reduce the swelling by making sure to drink lots of water, salting your food to taste, and relaxing with your feet up, when possible. Going for a walk might also help. If the swelling doesn’t ever go away, and isn’t confined to your hands and feet, or if it is accompanied by upper abdominal pain, headaches, visual disturbances, or a general “unwell” feeling, you should call your care provider, right away, to rule out pre-eclampsia.

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