pregnancy It is one of the most beautiful phases in a woman’s life, but it also comes with its own challenges. The duration of pregnancy can look different for different women – for some, it is a smooth experience until the ninth month, but for others, there are many discomforts. According to Dr. Shefali Tyagi, Consultant – Obstetrics & Gynecology, Maternity Hospital, Sarjapur, BangaloreOne such problem occurs when you find that your hands or feet are swollen.
What factors contribute to normal swelling when you’re expecting?
“Your uterus expands in size, which causes pressure on the veins in the lower half of your body, which blocks blood flow to the heart. This also causes fluid retention in the veins that also penetrate into the surrounding tissues. Some hormonal changes also contribute to swelling,” explains the doctor, adding that the hands and feet swell during the later stages. pregnancy,
She adds that this is also known as ‘physical edema’, and is especially common during third quarter And mostly mild. “Swelling can get worse as the day progresses because excess fluid can accumulate in the parts of the body that are located farthest from the heart. As your due date approaches, it is completely normal to have a gradual increase in swelling,” says Dr. Tyagi.
The gynecologist shared the following tips to deal with this inflammation:
1. Avoid prolonged exposure to hot or humid weather.
2. It is advised not to stand for long periods of time and to have regular hot massages to aid in blood circulation.
3. When you are sitting or lying down, be sure to put a pillow under your feet to avoid cramps.
4. You should also reduce your sodium (salt) intake when you are pregnant as it keeps excess water in your body.
5. Caffeine is also not recommended as it further dehydrates your body, causing your body to retain more fluids, which increases bloating.
6. You need to stay hydrated at all times.
7. Try to wear comfortable footwear.
When is swelling not normal during pregnancy?
Dr Tyagi says: swelling during pregnancy It is usually normal and goes away in a few weeks after delivery. But, there are instances when swollen feet and hands require immediate medical intervention.
* Pre-eclampsia: Pre-eclampsia is characterized by a sudden onset or tremendous increase in swelling, which is not limited to your hands or your feet, but can also be felt on your face and around your eyes. This can cause sudden weight gain and persistent high blood pressure. This condition affects only 5-8 percent of pregnant women, but beware of such symptoms.
* deep vein thrombosis: Since blood circulation in the legs is disrupted during pregnancy, there are chances that you may experience blood clots in your feet and hands, which can lead to swelling. Your blood will clot more easily as your body is preparing to reduce the flow of blood at the time of your delivery. Such a condition is called ‘deep vein thrombosisWhich can cause extreme swelling and pain/tenderness in your limbs.
“In a typical scenario, swelling in the hands or feet may be accompanied by a number of other symptoms that may be cause for concern such as: blood pressure greater than 140/90 mm Hg, fever and sudden headache, vision changes, swelling as only one Hot pain radiating down the leg/calf and into the area,” concluded the doctor.