“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.
- Swelling in extremeties
- High blood pressure
- Severe headaches
- Upper abdominal pain
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.
DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENTS
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.