Holding moisture during pregnancy is a common pregnancy ailment. About 80% of pregnant women have to deal with this. So the chances are pretty big that even at the end of your pregnancy you will struggle with thick ankles, feet and legs. We can already tell you that this is anything but pleasant, but usually not harmful. Read more about this here retain moisture during pregnancy and what you can do to reduce it as much as possible.
Moisture retention during pregnancy is also called edema. The moisture will mainly accumulate in your ankles, feet, legs and hands. Or worse: in your face. This is also called 'full-moon face'. Especially at the end of the day your legs and feet can feel like clogs of moisture. This is because due to gravity the moisture gets more and more in your legs.
On average, women keep between 2 to 3 kg of moisture, but it can also be more or less. The advantage is that you lose that fluid immediately after delivery. That in any case saves a number of kilos on the scale!
Cause fluid retention pregnancy
The fact that you retain fluid is not just to torment you more during pregnancy. It does have a function. More fluid is needed for the growth of your baby, for the extra blood in your body and for the amniotic fluid. Other causes responsible for the increase of moisture:
How could it be different! These hormones make the walls of the blood vessels thinner so that more moisture from the vessels ends up in the tissue of your body.
Your uterus is getting bigger and therefore provides an increasing pressure on your pelvis. This makes the discharge of the blood from your legs to the heart more difficult.
More blood in your body
Now that you have a little one in your body that needs to be fed and grows, you have more blood in your body. This also ensures a higher pressure on your legs.
Is fluid retention painful?
Women who retain a lot of fluid during pregnancy experience mainly discomfort due to the fact that they can not handle shoes for example. So you better store your pumps. In addition, the skin may feel somewhat tense, which may be uncomfortable, but it does not hurt. You can recognize edema by leaving a print of your finger in your skin as you push it onto your swollen skin.
Is moisture retaining when you are pregnant?
In general, it is especially annoying if you retain moisture. You feel clumsy, fat and your shoes and some trousers you can not handle anymore. But in addition, it can not harm you and your baby. At least not if your blood pressure is not too high. High blood pressure during pregnancy and at the same time retaining a lot of fluid can be dangerous. So always keep your blood pressure in check.
When can you suffer from edema?
Thick feet, ankles and legs. Stuffed hands, face and arms. They can all be a wonderful result of your pregnancy. Fortunately, you do not suffer from your whole pregnancy, but at the most unfortunate moment: the last 3 months of your pregnancy if you have become a bit 'bigger' at all.
Maintaining fluid retention during pregnancy
The following tips can help to reduce fluid retention during pregnancy:
- Drink plenty of water and tea, this helps to drain the moisture.
- Eat as little salt as possible.
- Put a pillow under your legs when you go to sleep, so the moisture can be drained more easily.
- Move regularly, especially if you suffer from fat legs. Regular exercise stimulates circulation and thereby the drift of fluid.
- Find the coolness in warm weather: warm weather can cause you to hold more moisture than you already did.
- Let your partner massage you: good excuse to ask for a nice massage. Make sure your partner does well: massage your legs upwards. Of course you can also do it yourself.
- Wearing stockings: support stockings provide counter pressure which will reduce the amount of fluid accumulation. This also helps to prevent a thrombosis leg.
- Do not wear rings anymore if you experience fluid accumulation in your hands.
Also read the article about retaining fluid at the beginning of the pregnancy