|I feel very swollen, and can’t even wear closed shoes!
Is this normal or should I be worried?
Since swelling is one of the signs that your blood pressure
may be rising, you should be on the lookout for sudden swelling of hands, feet and face, and consult your doctor
immediately you notice such symptoms. However some swelling
is perfectly normal especially during the last months of
pregnancy, and not usually an indiction of any problem.
After being on your feet for extended periods of time you
may notice some swelling, especially of hands and feet.
It may also be more severe towards the end of the day. Since
it is uncomfortable it is useful to know a few ways to relieve
- Swelling should be greatly reduced
by a good night’s rest, but managing to put
your feet up for a while every day may reduce the
severity of the swelling.
- Check your salt intake and ensure
that it is not excessive.
- Increase your fluid intake as
this will help flush your system. Two litres of fluid
is the minimum you should be drinking.
- See if short brisk walks through
the day helps.
- Make sure you are wearing comfortable
and sensible footwear.
- Experiment with support hose
as they can be extremely helpful.
- Do not be tempted to try diuretics
without consulting your doctor.