Maternity care is still essential during the coronavirus pandemic and services are still running. If you have any concerns about your pregnancy call your GP, midwife, nearest early pregnancy unit or maternity unit.
This is because your body holds more water than usual when you are pregnant.
Normal swelling in pregnancy:
- is often worse at the end of the day
- happens in late pregnancy
- comes on gradually
- gets better when you lie down
- will appear in both feet.
You should call your midwife or hospital maternity unit immediately if you have:
- a sudden increase in swelling in your face, hands or feet
- a very bad headache or a dull headache that won’t go away
- problems with your vision, such as blurring or flashing lights
- severe pain just below your ribs
- feeling sick or vomiting
- feeling unwell.
These could be symptoms of pre-eclampsia.
Things you can do to avoid and ease swelling