At 33 week of pregnancy, even those women who are not suffering from late toxicosis may notice some swelling in the legs in the area of ankle, especially when walking or performing household chores. Swellings of the lower extremities are associated with the obstruction of outflow of blood through the veins, which are strangled by the large uterus. In order to prevent edema it is recommended to rest, giving the legs slightly elevated position.

Expectant mothers who suffer from varicose veins should be especially careful to follow the doctor’s recommendation and always wear compressive knitted wear. By the way, the same bandage helps to facilitate blood flow through the veins of the legs and supports the uterus in the elevated position.

Of course, it is better to consult a doctor with the question of edema, and if he says that the physiology of your swelling does not require special treatment it is important to observe the following rules:

  • Be sure to make 20-minute breaks, sitting down, leaning back in chair with slightly raised legs.
  • Do not drink hot tea, milk, especially in the morning.
  • Was the headache added to the edema? Most often it is a sign of high blood pressure.
  • Do not forget to add into menu green leafy vegetables. These products improve the blood circulation and have a slight diuretic effect.