Pregnancy

Fact: During pregnancy, a woman's body produces approximately 50% more blood and bodily fluids to support the developing fetus. This increase, combined with hormonal changes.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a transformative period in a woman's life, characterized by numerous physical and hormonal changes. One of the most common physical manifestations during pregnancy is swollen feet. As the baby grows, there's an increase in the total amount of blood and fluids in the mother's body. Combined with hormonal fluctuations, these factors can lead to the retention of fluids. Furthermore, the growing weight of the baby can exert pressure on the veins, especially those in the pelvis, causing a slowdown in the return of blood from the legs to the heart. This results in fluid accumulation and swelling in the feet and ankles.

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Medications

Fact: Certain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), specific blood pressure medications, and corticosteroids, have been linked to edema or swelling as a side effect.

Medications

Many people are unaware that the medications they take can have side effects that manifest in ways they might not expect. Certain drugs, especially antihypertensives (used to control high blood pressure) or steroids, have been linked to fluid retention and swelling in the body. This swelling can often be most apparent in the feet and ankles. If someone suspects their medication is causing swelling, it's essential to not abruptly stop the medication but instead consult with a healthcare professional who can provide guidance or alternative treatment options.