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A 34-year-old member asked:

What causes swelling of the feet during pregnancy?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 42 years experience
Among the answers: Is the fact that the presence of the baby puts some pressure on the veins as they exit the leg into the abdomen, resulting in a back pressure that results in water retention.

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A 24-year-old male asked:

How could swelling of feet be avoided during pregnancy?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 42 years experience
See below: Lots of elevation and compression stockings as well as watching salt intake.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Causes of swelling of the feet when pregnant?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
Pregnancy: Itself is the cause.....It's common so don't worry. Take a load off, sit, elevate your feet. Some wear compression hosiery so as to try and avoid getting varicosities.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is associated with swelling in the feet during pregnancy?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kornfeld
42 years experience
Swelling: Pressure on the inguinal veins from the growing fetus puts pressure on the veins and makes a backlog into the lower extremities and feet.
A 30-year-old female asked:

How can I reduce swelling of feet as a result of pregnancy?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 55 years experience
Edema of feet: Swelling of both feet if still pregnant can occur with standing too long, so elevate both feet to reduce this. If you are not still pregnant, ask your OB provider for some mild diuretics to assist. Make sure your blood pressure is now normal, reduce any source of sodium (salt or salty foods), and drink lots of plain water to reduce sodium content in your body.
Last updated Mar 26, 2013
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