Mom Talk- Pregnancy Swelling and Preeclampsia

hi welcome I'm Karen and you're watching catching up with Karen mom talk today I want to be talking about pregnancy swelling I know fun so with my first pregnancy I was working up until I was 35 weeks pregnant and you know go ahead ask me what was it like working was pregnant it sucked my bosses knew I was pregnant when I was two weeks pregnant Ezra was plant and as her being my son so they knew I was pregnant by two weeks and to them it didn't really seem real and to me it really didn't seem real up until I got a belly so they weren't super uber careful with me they weren't worried where they would bump me so I think for for the most part that's one of the things that kind of sucks about being pregnant because I knew there were certain things I shouldn't have been doing that you know really didn't that bosses really didn't think about by the time they notice they're like oh hey she's really actually pregnant and you know we should limit how much she carries what she does I was already five or six months pregnant and that's when my pregnancy swelling started and I was in pain the job required me to be on my feet and moving around for eight hours for the whole eight hours the only time I could sit down or from my 15-minute breaks and my 30-minute lunches after my first trimester my morning sickness went away I started gaining weight like crazy it's like the way to know like hey slow down so every it's like I would gain a like a pound every week it was crazy by the time we would get used to the weight I would have already gained another pound and my feet were so angry with me and it just it sucks so that's my personal experience with the swelling now let's go into the fun stuff the information and why you swell so typically mom scents are swelling until after roughly around the fifth month you can really honestly start swelling up any point in your pregnancy but it's kamek commonly starts at five months or once you hit the third trimester and it only gets worse from there you can get bigger as you get closer to your to your delivery date and this swelling the normal swelling is called edema it can be experienced in the hands face legs ankles and feet yeah all the exterior parts of our body so head hands ankles feet this happens because during pregnancy your body's gonna produce 50% more blood for you and your baby and it's gonna produce more body fluids in order to meet the needs of the growing baby so these extra fluids accounting for only 25 percent of your weight roughly depending on how much water you retain and for me that was a lot I'll probably input pictures to show you how I look like a cherry I look so plump when you start swelling it you can start swelling at any point in your pregnancy but like I was saying it's commonly seen in the fifth month and it can increase your your third trimester this is weight that you can and probably will lose after you deliver after you deliver you're obviously dropping that that baby weight so my baby was eight pounds that's already eight pounds I lost that same day and then it's all the water weight or what I call water weight and I want to talk about the reasons why we swell so there are a couple of reasons why moms start to swell reason number one is your growing uterus the uterus is growing and you have so much weight in your belly area and that growing uterus puts weight on one of your veins located on your right side and that impacts the return of blood to your heart that's your circulation and that's from your feet to your heart it puts weight on your inferior vena cava that's again located on the right side because of the gravity when we're standing up blood has absolutely zero trouble reaching our feet but it's an uphill battle for the blood to go back up into our hearts to reoxygenate our reason number two why you swell are your changing hormones so we already know your body is flooded with hope with hormones and it's you know similar hormones that keep our hair from falling out when we're pregnant and give us these beautiful luscious nails and hair this hormone really causes our body to retain more fluid the extra fluid retention is needed to soften the body in order for it to grow as it needs to as the baby develops all those extra fluid helps your pelvic joints and tissues by helping them open for delivery so that's where all the extra fluid is going you have these like I won't almost want to call them little stocks in between your bones with fluid that keeps them keeps them lubricated so that's that's a fun fact other things that can affect whether you swell a lot or not is summertime heat you know whether you're dehydrated or not you need do you really need to keep up that hydration standing for prolonged periods of time and long days of activity and again that's because when we're standing up gravity pulls our blood to our feet and that blood struggles to go back up into our heart because of all that weight a diet low in potassium potassium is an electrolyte and you know you always see about electrolytes you know Gatorade has it and water infuses electrolytes is important do we really know what it does so we can drink water and we could flood our system with water but electrolytes is what allows our body to absorb that hydration so if our body is thrown off and we don't have enough electrolytes then all we're doing is flooding our system we really need to keep up on electrolytes and one of those really important ones is potassium and you will notice when you're pregnant you'll get those really bad charley horses for people who don't know what charley horses are it's really really bad leg cramps oh my goodness you have no idea how many times I begged my husband to just cut off my legs it wasn't until I actually started mentioning this to my doctor that she gave me a couple of tips which I will tell you in later in this video now another type of reason is high levels of caffeine concept consumption so for all of us coffee or tea or soda drinkers caffeine there is a reason why they ask us to lower our dose of caffeine not you don't always have to cut it out cold turkey you can talk about your doctor you can talk to your doctor about that but yeah I'll explain later why and another reason high levels of sodium a case salt intake Salt retains fluid I don't know if you've ever tried you know I remember seeing my cousin we're trying to fly in water and then he would put it in under salt and then the fly would come back to life and zoom away really what that is is the salt absorbed out all the water that the flight had drowned in salt does that in our body so it's in our body it's gonna absorb all that fluid and it's gonna keep it inside of us now how do we reduce this normal swelling I am emphasizing normal for a reason it'll be at the end of the episode where I talk about what is not normal as well so to help reduce our most swelling I recommend wearing a maternity belt this really what it does is it helps shift the weight from our abdomen to our shoulders that's gonna help with the circulation and we're in compression socks to help promote British or better circulation at your feet compression socks you can find them in the Travel section or the diabetic section because people with diabetes do so sometimes trouble with circulation that they need to wear compression socks I recommend wearing comfortable or bigger shoes to atone for the swelling that was one of the big bigger issues when I was working was having to buy new shoes my feet did double triple in size it was insane so you are you might I you might need to buy new shoes but I definitely do recommend getting more or using more comfortable shoes for when you are walking and when you're on your feet reducing salt intake you have to reduce your salt intake to reduce water retention again that's because of salt retains water you want to avoid processed foods like lunch meats and canned foods they tend to be high in trans fat which can lead to the swelling or the enema you want to reduce caffeine use caffeine and a diet high in simple sugars like soda can lead to water retention you're also going to want to eat and drink things that are high in potassium to help keep your body chemically balanced and again this is for you to be able to really experience that hydration so bananas sweet potato kidney beans avocado and coconut water those are all high in potassium make sure you also increase hydration increasing hydration is gonna help you clear your system of the excess fluid by flushing it out by way of pee I know my doctor was like you have to increase hydration I was like but isn't that counterintuitive I'm gonna be drinking more water and just retaining it all but that's how it works the more water you drink the more you pee and you're gonna pee out that excess fluid now let's talk about selling that is not normal so any swelling that comes on suddenly can be a sign of preeclampsia so when should you worry if it's preeclampsia again if there's swelling a sudden you notice your hands and your face start to swell like a lot if you have a headache that won't go away with Tylenol water or sleep blurry vision or a change in vision so sometimes you'll see like little dots around that's also when you should worry so when the swelling comes with chest pains shortness of breath or continuous coffee if one leg is noticeably more swollen than the other if you're experiencing any type of pain accompanied with the swelling high blood pressure you'll notice your doctors are always gonna be checking your blood pressure when you go in for for your appointments and they're also going to be checking your urine this reason is because another sign of preeclampsia is protein in the urine at 25 weeks by at least by 25 weeks your doctors should be testing your urine to check for protein or signs of preeclampsia if you experience one or more of these symptoms I highly recommend you call your doctor immediately why is this because preeclampsia can cause distress to the baby and it can also lead to preterm pregnant the preterm start preterm labor and your doctors might have to go in and stop that and they're gonna have to really assess and talk to you about how to safely deliver the baby to ensure that both of you guys leave the pregnancy healthy for me that was one of the big things I had preeclampsia by the time I delivered and I had zero idea I had no idea that I had to clamp see I didn't even know that was a thing or what it was I assumed that my sudden swelling was normal and like I was saying I was in so much pain I couldn't even get out of my car and I thought all of that was normal so I you know I didn't mention it to my doctor and I just like brushed it off so by the time I was 32 weeks pregnant I started contracting I didn't know why so once I reached 35 weeks I was like that's it I'm done I'm not gonna overexert myself I'm just gonna go lay in my bed and this is all because I almost made myself go into labor because of all the work I was putting in and so by the time I was ready to pop I was what 39 weeks and five days I was almost at my forty week mark I had preeclampsia they checked my blood pressure it was mad high checked my urine they checked everything and they're like uh okay well you're here now and this is gonna happen and it did happen I want you guys to remember that again if there are any sudden changes it doesn't necessarily have to be with the swelling but anything that to you does not seem or feel normal speak to a professional talk to a doctor that's what they're there for they're there to help you and baby remain safe so thank you for watching my video on pregnancy swing goodbye

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