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Swelling. It’s not a glamorous part of being pregnant but it is very normal. During pregnancy your body is producing almost 50% more blood and fluid to help meet the needs of your growing baby. Normal swelling, or edema, is typically experienced around the fifth month of pregnancy and can increase during your third trimester.
The extra fluids in your body account for about 25% of the weight gain you may experience during your pregnancy. The extra fluid is needed to soften your body, enabling it to expand as your baby develops and prepares the pelvic joints and tissues for delivery. The good news is there are some things you can do to help reduce your swelling.
Slight swelling is expected during every pregnancy. However, if you are experiencing any sudden swelling in your hands or face talk to your doctor. Sudden swelling could be a sign of preeclampsia or a blood clot.
Just remember, pregnancies only last 40 weeks, so after your beautiful baby is born your swelling should decrease. In the meantime, try and stick to these tips to reduce your swelling, especially during these final months of summer.