Edema is characterized by swollen extremities due to excessive water and fluid retention by tissues. Blood pools down in your feet as blood circulation is affected in the lower body due to excessive pressure from the growing uterus on the inferior vena cava (large vein that carries blood from the feet to the heart). Edema is mostly observed during third trimester of pregnancy and disappears very quickly after childbirth.
Edema is quite common and normal during pregnancy which poses no harm to the mother or the baby. If excessive swelling is noticed in the limbs and the face it is better to consult your doctor as it can be a sign of preeclampsia.
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