Healthy Pregnancy

Swelling (Edema)

Many women notice some swelling in their feet and ankles in the third trimester. Pregnant women naturally retain more water in their bodies, so this is perfectly normal. Now is not the time to cut back on your fluid intake. Even when you feel bloated, you still need to keep drinking water and other fluids (like milk, fruit juice and soup) to stay healthy.

To reduce swelling:

  • Put your feet up
  • Avoid crossing your legs
  • Wear loose clothing
  • Get plenty of rest and exercise
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