Easing Your Discomfort
Pregnancy does some crazy things to your body. So what if you are swelling in more places than your belly -- like your legs and your feet to the point that your shoes don't fit? Susan Warhus, MD, explains.
Swelling alone is not a worrisome sign, although it can be quite uncomfortable and a nuisance when rings, watches, and shoes no longer fit properly. Some women remove rings to avoid them becoming stuck on their fingers. Many women buy larger shoes or opt for open-toed shoes if practical. Swelling may not be avoided entirely, but here are some ways to assist you in reducing it:
Over-the-counter water pills or prescription diuretics are not recommended during pregnancy and could actually be harmful to you and the baby.
In rare cases, your swelling could be associated with a potentially dangerous condition of pregnancy called preeclampsia. Other names for preeclampsia are pretoxemia and pregnancy-induced hypertension.
Preeclampsia is a form of high blood pressure that is associated with pregnancy and can potentially be harmful to you and your baby. Besides swelling, other symptoms of preeclampsia usually include high blood pressure, headaches, blurry vision and protein in your urine. Your health care provider checks for these symptoms at each of your prenatal visits. However, if you notice increased swelling, headaches or blurry vision in between your scheduled appointments, notify your physician.