During pregnancy, many women experience swelling in their legs and feet, due to the extra fluid produced to meet the demands of a growing baby.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, extra fluid can account for 25% of a woman’s weight gain during pregnancy. This fluid buildup, known as edema, is a normal part of pregnancy: the body produces extra blood and fluid to support the developing baby and accommodate it by helping tissues to stretch more readily. This natural process can have unpleasant side effects, such as swollen feet and legs. This kind of swelling during pregnancy can occur at any point, and is amplified by environmental factors such as heat or a high caffeine intake.
Wearing compression socks throughout pregnancy can help to relieve fluid accumulation in the lower body, resulting in a more comfortable experience.