Swelling During Pregnancy

5 ways to beat pregnancy edema.

As the third trimester rolls around, we’re onto the not-so-pleasant pregnancy issue. This includes swelling, also referred to as edema. During pregnancy, the body retains fluid in order to allow for the expansion for the developing baby. While the extra fluid helps prepare us for delivery (we produce 50% more blood and body fluids during this time!), it also can show up in the hands, face, legs, ankles and feet.

Swelling tends to become worse with these factors:

  •      Heat
  •      Strenuous activity for long periods
  •      Excessive caffeine consumption
  •      Standing for long periods
  •      Excessive sodium consumption

Here’s 5 ways to help alleviate the discomfort associated with pregnancy swelling.


Anita Mirchandani

Anita Mirchandani

Anita Mirchandani, M.S, R.D, C.D.N received a B.A. from NYU and a M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from NYU. After completing a dietetic internship at New York-Presbyterian hospital in 2011, Anita is now a practicing Registered Dietitian. Anita also maintains current certifications in indoor cycling, kickboxing, group exercise, personal training and pre/postnatal exercise specialization. In 2012, Anita co-founded FitMapped, a platform to help users find fitness easily and connect with fellow enthusiasts. Anita represents the New York State Dietetic Association as media spokesperson. Follow @FitNutAnita for interesting updates of fitness and nutrition content.

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