Swelling during pregnancy and preeclampsia
Why the title of this page? This will be a series of articles with the symptoms as the titles. Women rarely google “Preeclampsia” because they don’t know it exists! What are all of you searching? Symptoms. You’re searching headaches in pregnancy or high blood pressure in pregnancy or swelling in pregnancy, etc. Some women don’t have any symptoms at all. But this is one way to get the word out about this very serious condition. So I used the keyword term to reach more of you, in order that women gain awareness of preeclampsia and know to take action if they need to during their pregnancies.
Preeclampsia Awareness is important because preeclampsia can prevent the placenta from receiving enough blood, which can cause your baby to be born very small. It is also one of the leading causes of premature births and the difficulties that can accompany premature birth.
Headaches during pregnancy are sometimes a first sign of Preeclampsia. Other symptoms of preeclampsia are swelling, sudden weight gain, and changes in vision. But often it’s that a woman just doesn’t feel “right.” I’ve been saying this in my prenatal yoga classes for years and years and then Holly, a Yogafairy Mama herself, also taught me once again that the most important thing a woman can do during pregnancy is to listen to her instincts.
Why should you keep an eye on swelling during pregnancy?
This is from Preeclampsia.org:
A certain amount of swelling is normal during pregnancy. For example, your feet may swell making it difficult to wear your regular shoes throughout pregnancy. Edema is the accumulation of excess fluid, and is more of concern when it is observed in the face, around the eyes, or hands.
What you can do about Swelling during pregnancy . . .
If you feel your face is getting excessively puffy, find a picture of yourself from just before pregnancy to share with your health care provider. If the swelling in your extremities becomes severe, you may notice “pitting edema” (when you press your thumb into your skin, an indentation remains for a few seconds) or discoloration of your legs. If you suspect pitting edema, notify your health care provider, put your feet up every day (but avoid sitting for extended periods).