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How will pregnancy affect my lymphedema?

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In brief: Depends

If your lymphedema is in your arm, it may not affect it at all.
If it is in your legs, it may make the swelling worse.

In brief: Depends

If your lymphedema is in your arm, it may not affect it at all.
If it is in your legs, it may make the swelling worse.
Dr. Scott Grover
Dr. Scott Grover
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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: More pronounced

Fluid retention and leg swelling are very common during pregnancy.
This is most often due to compression by the fetus of the veins draining the legs. Below knee compression socks work great to help controlled the swelling.

In brief: More pronounced

Fluid retention and leg swelling are very common during pregnancy.
This is most often due to compression by the fetus of the veins draining the legs. Below knee compression socks work great to help controlled the swelling.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Legs probably worsen

There isn't a lot of good information out there about lymphedema and pregnancy but what information there is seems to indicate that more than 50% of the time, lymphedema worsens with pregnancy.
So all of the things that you normally do for lymphedema when not pregnant become even more important when pregnant--compression stockings, exercise, watching your weight (within reason), massage, etc.

In brief: Legs probably worsen

There isn't a lot of good information out there about lymphedema and pregnancy but what information there is seems to indicate that more than 50% of the time, lymphedema worsens with pregnancy.
So all of the things that you normally do for lymphedema when not pregnant become even more important when pregnant--compression stockings, exercise, watching your weight (within reason), massage, etc.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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