Answer: During pregnancy, the body produces approximately 50% more blood and body fluids to meet the needs of the developing baby. Swelling is a normal part of pregnancy that is caused by this additional blood and fluid.it can be in hands, legs, ankles, feets etc.The extra fluids account for approximately 25% of the weight women gain during pregnancy.The following factors may also affect swelling:
Standing for long periods of time
Long days of activity
Diet low in potassium
High level of caffeine consumption
High level of sodium intake
Here are some other helpful hints to manage swelling during your pregnancy:
Avoid standing for long periods.
Minimize outdoor time when it is hot.
Rest with your feet elevated.
Wear comfortable shoes, avoiding high heels if possible.
Wear supportive tights or stockings.
Avoid clothes that are tight around your wrists or ankles.
Rest or swim in a pool.
Use cold compresses on swollen areas.
Drink water, which helps flush the body and reduce water retention.
Minimize sodium (salt) intake and avoid adding additional salt to meals.