Edema or certain amount of swelling of ankle and feet is normal during pregnancy. This is caused by fluid retention due to the changes happening in the body. But during my first pregnancy, I didn’t experience this swelling until I gave birth and it didn’t last long. But this time, at my 29th week of pregnancy, I am already experiencing slight swelling. I feel alarmed but when I checked Mr. Google, I learned that it is normal. I also learned some tips to minimize it. Below are some of the tips to avoid swelling.
- Take plenty of fluids and nothing beats water.
- Avoid standing or sitting for long period of time. If possible, elevate the feet.
- Wear comfortable shoes. Try support stockings rather than elastic topped socks or knee-hi pantyhose.
- Stretch your legs frequently while sitting: Stretch your leg out, heel first, and gently flex your foot to stretch your calf muscles. Rotate your ankles and wiggle your toes.
- When lying down, rest on your left for better blood circulation.
- Eat well, and avoid junk food.
- Do some walking.
Swelling should not last for more than a day. If it does and if the hands and face become puffy too, it may be a sign of more serious health problem and should contact a practitioner as soon as possible.