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