You asked

Swollen feet and ankles in pregnancy. Is this normal, and what can I do?

Pregnancy, while an exciting and fulfilling time for any women, doesn’t come without its price. There are some unpleasant symptoms that accompany pregnancy for many women, and swollen feet and ankles are one of those.

While most swelling during pregnancy is normal, there are times when you will need to speak to your doctor. If your face or hands swell, for instance, or if you notice a marked difference in the swelling between one leg and the other. Signs like these can be warnings of serious conditions like preeclampsia.

If your swelling is not related to anything more serious, and your doctor has told you there’s nothing to worry about, then the best idea is simply to get off your feet for a while. Sitting with your feet up should help to ease the swelling, as can making sure you are hydrated, and moving around – but remember, a gentle walk is all you need!

If you notice that your feet are swelling so much that it’s making your shoes uncomfortable you have two options – buy new shoes that fit better, or try support stockings.

Whatever you do, you can be comforted by the fact that once your baby arrives, your feet will return to their usual size.
Don't forget to look for baby names... Search now

More questions

Placenta accreta is a serious but rare condition that can cause premature birth.
You may not be ready to tell people that you’re pregnant just yet but it can sometimes be a difficult thing to hide. Your expanding body is the first give away but your change in lifestyle might also have...
Bleeding during the 1st trimester is very common so don't panic just yet
Morning sickness is one of the most common and dreaded symptoms of pregnancy during the first trimester. Here are some great ways of dealing with it!
Headaches are always a nightmare but they are an ordinary side effect of pregnancy, and the hormonal and lifestyle changes that accompany it.
Nearly all women will find that they become gassier and more prone to bloating while pregnant.
Many women suffer from varicose veins during and after pregnancy, thanks to increased pressure, hormones, and other factors.
If you’ve noticed any strange changes in your body, mood, or habits, they might just be a sign that you’re going to be a mummy!
Swollen feet is a common symptom and side effect of pregnancy, and while annoying, it’s usually nothing serious.
An expanding bust line is a normal side effect of pregnancy, and will mean you need to invest in good maternity bras.



Hello Mama!
Help us help you by allowing us and our partners to remember your device in cookies to serve you personalized content and ads.

We're on a mission to help our mums and their families thrive by informing, connecting and entertaining.

Join us in our mission by consenting to the use of cookies and IP address recognition by us and our partners to serve you content (including ads) best suited to your interests, both here and around the web.

We promise never to share any other information that may be deemed personal unless you explicitly tell us it's ok.

If you want more info, see our privacy policy.