Swollen hands and feet in pregnancy

Swelling or puffiness of your hands and feet is common in late pregnancy.

If you have the common non-urgent type of swelling, it will probably be worse in the afternoon or evenings and will be present in both feet. It should also lessen when you lie down.   

When should I contact a doctor/midwife with swelling in pregnancy?

If your swelling is severe or comes on suddenly, or particularly in your face as well as hands and feet, and comes with a headache or problems with your vision, you may have pre-eclampsia. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you should call your midwife, hospital or doctor immediately.


Macdonald S, Magill-Cuerden J, Mayes’ midwifery, fourteenth edition, Edinburgh: Bailliere Tindall Elsevier, 2012

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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2014. Next review date April 1st, 2017.

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