Pregnancy carries many body changes, and swollen feet and ankles can be one uncomfortable symptom of this condition. The American Pregnancy Association lists warm temperatures, long days of exertion, low potassium levels, and high consumption of caffeine or sodium as risk factors for pregnancy swelling. To relieve the discomfort associated with swollen feet, take care to drink plenty of water. Elevating your feet and wearing compression stockings may help improve circulation. Avoid standing for long periods of time. Watch out for signs of pre-eclampsia, a life-threatening condition involving high blood pressure, protein in the urine, and sudden fluid retention.
1. Standing or Sitting Too Long
Being on your feet for long periods of time can cause swelling in your feet by decreasing the blood flow to your extremities. Additionally, the effects of gravity on your legs can cause fluid to pool in your feet and ankles. Similarly, spending hours in a chair without breaks to stretch and move your muscles can decrease circulation to your feet. Compression stockings may help with the circulatory problems caused by spending long hours on your feet. If you must sit at a desk for long periods, try to stand up and walk around for five minutes every hour.