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Why are your pregnant legs swollen?
Swollen pregnant legs that's the result hormonal changes, increased blood plasma, water retention, and uterine pressure on the veins. The problem accompanies many women. It is particularly severe in summer and evenings.
- swelling affects the legs and ankles
- pass after resting with legs raised high
it can be concluded that they are NOT pathological changes and do not indicate any abnormalities during pregnancy.
Swollen pregnant legs are especially easy to observe in slim women, in women with a higher BMI the problem may not even be recognized. Most often, trouble with swelling is reported when it is difficult to put on shoes, because until now worn it becomes cramped. In addition, there may be a feeling of heaviness in the legs.
Swollen pregnant legs. When should you see a doctor?
- if the swelling appears above the knees,
- when the swelling does not pass after resting with the legs raised high,
- when pregnant legs hurt and this discomfort does not go away after resting,
- when there is shortness of breath, rapid breathing, etc.
These symptoms should motivate you to see a doctor quickly. They may indicate a serious illness - thromboembolism.
How to deal with swollen legs during pregnancy?
Start by choosing comfortable, airy footwear with a wide toe. Avoid wearing high heels. If you feel your foot has grown, change footwear to a larger size.
The base with swollen legs is rest - especially if you spend a lot of time standing or sitting. Relaxation with raised legs is also particularly important on hot days. Legs should be placed above the heart line. However, they should not be crossed, because it will only worsen the situation.
It is worth resting as often as possible on the left side. If you don't have that option - sit down where you don't have to stand. Avoid staying in one position for a long time.
In addition to resting, take care of physical activity, walking, simple exercises recommended during pregnancy, which can reduce the problem of swelling in pregnancy.
Drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Limit the amount of salt in your diet, which is responsible for water retention.