Dr. Beena Jeysingh, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Motherhood hospital, Bangalore India, speaks about a common condition of swollen feet during the pregnancy. In this video, she has explained the reasons and tips to reduce the swelling.
“Swelling is a part of the bodily changes occurring during pregnancy. It is a normal condition, which goes away after delivery. Towards the end of the second and the third trimester, a woman starts retaining body fluid, which is noticeable as the swelling of ankles, feet, and legs”, explains Dr. Beena Jeysingh.
Swelling has an important role to play during pregnancy. The excess body fluid helps soften the body, which is required so as to accommodate the developing baby. Water retention is also needed to prepare the pelvic tissues and joints to open up for delivery.
Swelling is caused as a result of the enlarging uterus (due to the growing baby) putting additional pressure on the veins, which in turn hinders the blood circulation. The drastic hormonal changes also contribute to the water retention in the body.
Dr. Beena Jeysingh has shared some tips that help reduce the swelling during pregnancy:
- Avoid standing for longs hours.
- Take a break at regular intervals. Walk around your home or while at work. Do not exert yourself.
- Do simple foot and ankle exercise. Rotate your ankle and feet now and then.
- You can ask your doctor to recommend a compression stocking to support your legs.
- Wear comfortable and flat footwear.
- Elevate your feet by putting it on a stool or place pillow underneath.
- Keep yourself well hydrated. Drink water to reduce water retention.
However, if you experience any sudden swelling along with severe headaches, blurred vision, nausea, consult your doctor immediately. This can be a sign of pre-eclampsia, which is a serious medical condition in pregnancy.