Swelling during pregnancy, also known as edema, is entirely average with 8 out of 10 women experiencing visible swelling at any stage of their pregnancy. However, swelling can at times become uncomfortable and prevent you from doing normal activities. Luckily, there are ways you can control excessive pregnancy swelling to find some relief.
Avoid Standing For Too Long
Swelling during pregnancy is most noticeable in the hands, arms, feet, and ankles. According to the American PregnancyAssociation, this type of swelling is caused by the additional body fluid accumulated to support the pregnancy. However, standing for extended periods of time can lead to painful swelling of the feet and ankles. Whenever you can, look for a place to sit and raise your feet off the ground.