Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.

Ask Dr Pam   

Why are my legs so swollen during pregnancy?

Fluid accumulation in the body is referred to as edema. Some degree of edema during pregnancy is completely normal. As baby grows it puts pressure on the veins returning blood to the heart leading to puffy legs, ankles, feet and occasionally the upper body and face. The adrenal glands also produce hormones that promote fluid retention which contributes to between three and ten pounds of total weight during pregnancy. It is always recommended to speak with your midwife or doctor about the edema you are experiencing as it could be a more serious condition such as preeclampsia or a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis). 

Read this Q&A to find out what you can do about swollen legs during pregnancy.

For more about pregnancy symptoms click here.