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Your pregnancy: swollen feet

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014    

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Foot swelling is a normal part of many pregnancies, but it can also be a symptom of something more sinister.

The condition — which affects the feet and ankles, and in several women the entire legs — occurs because the body retains more fluid during pregnancy. The growing belly also puts pressure on several organs, which puts pressure on the veins and impairs return of blood to the heart which can also lead to swelling.

Foot and ankle swelling usually goes away after delivery. However, extreme swelling can be a red flag and can lead to problems like pre-eclampsia. Women at risk would have severe or sudden swelling or swelling in only one leg. Other signs of pre-eclampsia include severe headaches, blurred vision and rapid weight gain. Swelling in one leg could indicate a blood clot and warrants immediate medical attention.

For regular swelling, women can:

* Avoid standing for long periods

* Wear comfortable shoes

* Put your feet up as much as you can

* Do foot exercises — bends and stretches

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