All about edema of the feet and hands
If you have edema, your body is holding too much fluid, hence the term “water retention”. This is because of the extra blood volume that circulates in your body during your pregnancy. Read
1) What is edema?
It is also called swelling and can be noticed on parts of the body such as hands, feet, ankles. You may also have pockets in the face and neck that occur after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Swelling is very common during pregnancy and almost all women experience it, but to different degrees. It is therefore a normal phenomenon during pregnancy that should not bother you much, except for other abnormalities that may accompany the edema.
2) What causes edema during pregnancy?
It occurs because of changes in the blood composition that causes the fluid to move into your tissues and, in the third trimester, the weight of the uterus also exerted a strong pressure on the blood vessels of the pelvis.
3) When should you be worried about edema?
You should start paying more attention to swelling when you begin to experience these common symptoms:
- Swelling of one leg more than the other accompanied by pain and possible signs of blood clot.
- Constant headaches with change of vision (you become sensitive to light).
- Signs of pregnancy indicate high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia).
- Swelling with chest pain or difficulty breathing may cause heart problems.
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately for follow-up.
4) How to manage edema?
Most women think that reducing their salt intake will help reduce swelling, but salt (sodium) is not related to edema. You can manage swelling by doing these activities;
- Do a massage therapy (massage that heals).
- Do regular exercises that do not require too much energy such as swimming, walking.
- Avoid crossing your legs.
- Try not to stand for a long time.
- If you are traveling a long distance, take regular breaks to stretch your legs.
- Always put your legs high whenever possible and at work, try to have a stool or box under your desk to put your foot down. At home, try to lie on your left side.
- Have a pillow under your feet when you sleep.