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“Work used to be tiring and my legs would ache and swell. Now I have more energy and no longer have pain and swelling in my legs after work.”
– T. A.

What is postpartum swelling?

Postpartum swelling is normal following delivery. Symptoms may last up to several weeks and slowly resolve.

Possible Symptoms

  • Swelling in extremeties
  • High blood pressure
  • Severe headaches
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Nausea

What causes postpartum swelling?

During the delivery, not all the extra blood leaves the body. A combination of this extra blood, hormonal changes, and fluid retention make hands, legs, and ankles swell post-pregnancy. It is known as postpartum edema or postpartum swelling.


Persistent swelling of the lower extremities following delivery may be a sign of a more advanced underlying cause such as venous insufficiency. Ultrasound diagnostics are used to determine the cause.