Edema is the retention of fluid in the ankles, legs, and sometimes feet and hands. It is a normal part of pregnancy; however read below for signs that the swelling indicates a medical emergency called preeclampsia. And it is always a good idea to notify your doctor or midwife if you experience swelling.
Steps to Alleviate Swelling
If you have any of the signs below, see your midwife or doctor. Have her assess you for preeclampsia. If you do not have one, go to the emergency room. This is a life or death condition. It is imperative that the healthcare provider takes you seriously. See article on preeclampsia.
Warning signs of preeclampsia:
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