I first realized my legs started swelling on the day I came back from my Japan trip. I think it was week 19+ of my pregnancy.
My legs, calves down and esp my ankles were feeling fatter than usual. I couldn’t really bend the joints at my knees and ankles properly without feeling uncomfortable (you know that swollen feeling). Though my legs didn’t look obviously fatter in the mirror, I knew it had to be water retention.
Well, at first I thought it was probably due to my rather long flight but Yikes! It came back quite a few times after that! I have been experiencing it for 2-4 days in a week after that 1st incident… :(
It’s not giving me major problems except the discomfort and the feeling like my legs are like these now…
And so I read up about it and realized it’s a condition called Edema or Fluid Retention in layman terms. And did you know it could also occur in your face and hands… THANK GOD not for me yet!
It’s not a serious condition but if you experience other symptoms as dizziness and high blood pressure, it could be another condition called preclampsia whereby blood flow is restricted to the baby which in turn could seriously affect mother and baby.
A few tips to help fluid retention:
Eat lots of protein rich foods daily trying to get at least 75 grams of protein.
Drink plenty of water.
Avoid taking too much salt though you should not avoid it altogether.
Sleep with legs elevated and elevate legs often throughout the day.
Avoid restrictive clothing.
Avoid standing for long periods of time especially in the same position.
So, bearing with this ‘thorn in the flesh’ for another 4 months… I pray it doesn’t worsen!
Meanwhile, here’s my belly at the start of Week 22!