Holding moisture at the beginning of pregnancy is very common (unfortunately!). Another word for fluid retention is edema. Approximately 80% of pregnant women are struggling with a large amount of extra fluid, especially in the beginning and the last trimester of pregnancy. Holding moisture during pregnancy is particularly uncomfortable, but it does not hurt. Read more about retaining moisture here, when you can expect it and what you can do about it.
From when do you retain fluid in early pregnancy?
From when you start to hold on to the beginning of pregnancy, the difference is different for every woman. It is possible that in the beginning of the pregnancy, in the first trimester from week 9, you already retain some fluid. Some ladies can already notice this, others do not.
In most cases, the expectant mothers mainly notice in the last trimester that they retain a lot of fluid. Think of swollen ankles, bloating and thicker feet and legs.
Symptoms of fluid retention during pregnancy
Usually you notice quite well that you retain moisture. You feel uncomfortable, log and everything is more plotted than normal. The moisture is mainly in your ankles, feet and legs, but it can also sit in your face or arms. At the end of the day you are even more bloated than in the morning. The reason that it is mainly in your ankles and feet is that the moisture drops due to gravity. The symptoms:
- Swollen skin.
- Skin is tighter.
- You feel very uncomfortable.
- If you press with your finger on the spot, a print will remain in your skin.
- The swells increase in warm weather.
Holding moisture in early pregnancy
Holding moisture in early pregnancy is quite normal. This is caused by the pregnancy hormones and in particular by progesterone. In addition, your intestines can expand and work more slowly. This will put your belly up so that your pants in the first trimester (as from week 9) already tighter.
However, compared to the amount of fluid that you are going to hold at the end of your pregnancy, it is a piece of cake.
Holding moisture after pregnancy
If you retain fluid during pregnancy, it does not mean that you are redeemed immediately after delivery. All that moisture again needs time. So you can still suffer from it for a while. In some cases, women still retain moisture for a long time after delivery. Especially in the feet or legs. Consult with your doctor or during the visits to the clinic.
Extreme moisture retention pregnancy
It is possible that you keep an extremely high amount of fluid during pregnancy. That can cause many complaints. First try out the tips below to reduce the moisture. If it does not help you can always contact your doctor.
Tips for reducing moisture retention
- Drink plenty of water and tea.
- Eat as little salt as possible. You will retain more moisture because of salt.
- Keep moving. That may not be so smooth at the end of your pregnancy, so see what you can do. A walk is enough. Incidentally, swimming is just wonderful towards the end of your pregnancy.
- Try to sit up with your legs as much as possible. Put a pillow in your bed under your legs so that you sleep with your legs up. This way the moisture can sink more easily.
- Avoid the heat: the warmer you are, the more moisture you will hold. So do not sit in the full heat, but keep yourself cool. What can help is putting your feet in a cool foot bath.
Are you suddenly going to hold a lot of fluid at the end of pregnancy?
It is quite normal that you will retain more fluid at the end of your pregnancy. Your feet can even swell up so that you need a shoe size larger. This is because the pregnancy hormones ensure that the fluid balance in your body is disturbed. Also, the walls of your blood vessels become thinner so that more moisture can run to your body tissue. In addition, your growing uterus ensures that there is more pressure on your pelvis. This prevents the discharge of blood from your legs to your heart.
And lastly, you also have a larger blood supply during your pregnancy so that there is more pressure on your legs. Causes were therefore to retain more moisture.
Is moisture retention during pregnancy dangerous?
Generally, fluid retention during pregnancy is not dangerous. Of course it is very annoying. You will then have to wait for your delivery. After the delivery, the complaints become less and the fluid will be drained (for example by sweating or peeing a lot). However, if you retain a lot of fluid and if you also have an increased blood pressure, then you have to pull the bell. There is a chance that you have pregnancy poisoning. This is a dangerous condition.