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
Having more vaginal discharge during pregnancy is common, but speak to your midwife or doctor if you are unsure about any increase or change in your vaginal discharge.
Some itching around the stomach is normal as your skin is stretching around your growing baby.
A growing bump is the sign of a growing baby. Your midwife should start measuring your baby from 24 weeks to make sure they are growing well.
If you feel your midwife isn’t listening to you, you can ask to see another member of the team.
If you feel that something is wrong, or if you are worried about the baby, call your midwife or doctor to talk about it.
If you have a painful or burning sensation when you wee (urinate), you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI)
Vision problems can be caused by different issues in pregnancy. If you have vision problems always tell your midwife or hospital straight away.
Mild headaches can be caused by hormones and are common in pregnancy.
If your temperature is above 37.5 degrees Celsius, even with no other flu or cold symptoms, call your doctor or hospital maternity unit.
Stomach bugs are common in pregnancy. It is very unlikely that your baby will be harmed from a bug lasting less than 48 hours.
Fetal movements can be anything from a flutter, kick, swish or roll. Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well.
If you have any bleeding during your pregnancy, with or without pain, it’s very important to get it checked out.
NHS Choices Swollen ankles, feet and fingers in pregnancy https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/swollen-ankles-feet-pregnant/ (Page last reviewed: 28/02/2018 Next review due: 28/02/2021)Hide details
ℹLast reviewed on September 27th, 2018. Next review date September 21st, 2021.
By Chris (not verified) on 8 Jan 2020 - 13:04
Please add to this page; to remove rings as soon as any swelling is noticed. Any later and they may become very difficult to remove and require cutting off.