Swollen feet and ankles

woman sitting showing swollen feet

When you’re pregnant, your body holds on to water it would normally get rid of. Your feet, ankles, hands, and fingers may swell, especially at the end of the day. This “puffy” feeling is just a normal part of pregnancy. It’s usually better after a good night’s sleep, but there are some things you can do during the day to keep swelling at bay:

  • Put your feet up when you can. Elevate them while you sleep.
  • Avoid salty foods.
  • Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Your body needs it anyway!
  • Try wearing compression stockings. They help blood flow back to your heart rather than pooling at your feet.
  • Move around. Don’t sit or stand for too long.
  • DON’T take water pills (diuretics).

Call us if you notice swelling in your face or puffiness around your eyes, or more than slight swelling of your hands. We’ll need to see you to make sure it’s not a sign of preeclampsia.