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Swollen Hands & Feet

What Causes Swelling In Pregnancy?

Swelling is common and normal in pregnancy especially towards the third trimester. It can range from just swelling in your feet and ankles at the end of the day to feeling swollen everywhere to the extent you lose the knuckles in your hands. This is due to a number of reasons:

Blood Volume

During Pregnancy your blood volume doubles and this mostly happens in the 3rd trimester

Growing Bump

Your uterus expands and compresses onto one of the main veins (inferior vena cava) that carries blood from the legs to the heart. This compression causes a slowing of the return of the blood which can also contribute to fluid pooling in the lower limbs

Hormonal Changes

The hormones you produce during pregnancy also make your vein walls softer which can also contribute to slower blood return and more likely to pool.

What Should Cause Concern With Swelling in Pregnancy?

There are times when the swelling accompanied by other symptoms could be cause for concern as they may be signs of Pre-Eclampsia or a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and should seek medical help urgently:


There are a number of simple solutions for managing the swelling but it will continue to reoccur throughout the pregnancy.

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