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What can I do if I experience swelling on my face during pregnancy?

Paula Greer
Midwifery Nursing

Some swelling after being on your feet all day or that trip to the Chinese restaurant would be normal. Taking breaks and drinking lots of water while avoiding excessive sodium will usually make this swelling temporary. On the other hand sudden weight gain and facial swelling where your nose is disappearing may be a sign of preeclampsia or pregnancy induced hypertension. If you experience sudden swelling, headache or visual changes make sure to notify your OB or Midwife immediately.

Many women develop mild swelling in the face, hands, or ankles at some point in their pregnancies. As the due date approaches, swelling often becomes more noticeable.

Drink 8 to 10 glasses of fluids daily Don't drink caffeine or eat salty foods Rest and elevate your feet Ask your doctor about support hose

Call a doctor if your hands or feet swell suddenly or you rapidly gain weight — it may be preeclampsia.

This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center

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