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How are you feeling? Chances are you may feel a little swollen by week 22, especially in your ankles and feet. This swelling is called edema.
Edema occurs when changes in your body chemistry cause fluids to shift into your body tissue. Your enlarging uterus is putting pressure on the veins that are responsible for returning blood from the lower half of your body. This pressure slows circulation to your legs.
You may find this swelling to be worse at the end of the day. Also, if you are pregnant during the summer months, it will be worse on hotter days.
How to deal with edema…
- Put your feet up!
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time.
- If you can't avoid sitting for long periods, be sure to stretch your legs when you can.
- Exercise to increase circulation.
- Wear support stockings.
- Drink! Drink! Drink!
Though you may want to avoid fluids when you feel swollen, you need to keep hydrated, because keeping a steady flow of liquids actually helps to prevent swelling.
Is your hair thicker? Are your nails stronger? Even women who aren’t pregnant have been known to take prenatal vitamins for the benefits pregnant women receive from them, and naturally. The downside, if there is one, is the un-natural hair growth that may accompany pregnancy, such as facial hair. Fortunately, you can wax, shave, and tweeze these unwanted hairs, but you'll want to avoid bleaching the unwanted hair, as the chemicals can be absorbed through your skin.
Most doctors agree that continue to dye or highlight your hair, however, is safe, so you can continue your normal beauty routines.