Swelling and Fluid Retention

When body fluids (blood and water) increase, you may experience mild swelling (edema) of your feet, ankles, legs and hands. This is especially common during the third trimester and may get worse during warmer weather and after standing on your feet for a long time. To ease discomfort of swelling, stay off your feet as much as you can, keeping them elevated higher than your heart. Lay on your left side and keep from crossing your legs while sitting, to increase circulation. Your fluid intake needs to be at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day to flush out your system and keep your swelling at bay.

more Discomforts

Breast Discomfort
Braxton Hicks Contractions
Dizziness and Fainting
Hand Numbness
Heartburn and Indigestion
Increased Discharge
Itchy Abdomen
Leg Cramps
Nausea and Morning Sickness
Pelvic Pressure
Sleep Trouble
Urinary Problems
Varicose Veins

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