Relieve swelling of hands and feet in pregnancy
Bodily discomfort during pregnancy
In the third trimester of pregnancy, the growth of the uterus compresses some blood vessels, making it difficult for venous return.
The result is the appearance of edema in the ankles and swelling of the hands and feet.
(Edema is swelling that is caused by fluid trapped in your body’s tissues. Edema happens most often in the feet, ankles, and legs, but can affect other parts of the body, such as the face, hands, and abdomen.)
Recommendations to reduce inflammation of the hands and feet
- Rest with your legs elevated.
- Walk at a regular pace for an hour every day.
- Do circulatory exercises with your feet (moving the foot up and down and circling to the right and left).
- Wear comfortable and loose clothing; avoid wearing socks or stockings that compress the calf.
- Use compression stockings up to the waist.
- Do not stay too long in the same position, neither standing nor sitting.
- Finish the shower with cold water from the hips to the feet.
- Take the rings off your fingers.
- Physiotherapy sessions can also help reduce edema.
The swelling of the hands and feet is most noticeable towards the end of the day. If it does not decrease after the night’s rest, notify your doctor or midwife, as it may be due to an increase in blood pressure.