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Is swelling during your third trimester of pregnancy normal?

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Your rings might be feeling tighter these days, and you may also notice that your ankles and face are looking bloated. Mild swelling is the result of excess fluid retention (edema ). To reduce swelling, put your feet up on a stool or box whenever you sit for any length of time, and elevate your feet while you sleep. If you have sudden onset of swelling though, seek medical attention immediately as it may be a sign of preeclampsia, a dangerous pregnancy complication.

From: Third Trimester of Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

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American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Skin Conditions During Pregnancy."

Department of Health and Human Services: "Varicose Veins and Spider Veins."

Roberts, J.R., Hedges, J.R., eds., 5th edition, Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier, 2009. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine,

Gabbe, S.G., Niebyl, J.R., Simpson, J.L., eds., 5th edition, Philadelphia, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2007. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies,

Bope, E.T., Rakel, R.E., Kellerman, R., eds., , 1st edition, Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier, 2009. Conn's Current Therapy 2010

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March of Dimes: "Weight Gain During Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 4, 2018

SOURCES:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Skin Conditions During Pregnancy."

Department of Health and Human Services: "Varicose Veins and Spider Veins."

Roberts, J.R., Hedges, J.R., eds., 5th edition, Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier, 2009. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine,

Gabbe, S.G., Niebyl, J.R., Simpson, J.L., eds., 5th edition, Philadelphia, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2007. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies,

Bope, E.T., Rakel, R.E., Kellerman, R., eds., , 1st edition, Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier, 2009. Conn's Current Therapy 2010

Ratcliffe, S.D., Baxley, E.G., Cline, M.K., eds., , Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier, 2008. Family Medicine Obstetrics

March of Dimes: "Weight Gain During Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 4, 2018

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