Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Leg Swelling (Edema) during Pregnancy
Almost all women have some leg swelling during pregnancy. Usually the swelling is just a little at first, gradually increasing over time. However, sometimes leg swelling in pregnancy can be caused by a condition that requires immediate attention.
If you had sudden onset of swelling in both legs, it may indicate a condition called preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a condition of pregnancy in which a woman develops high blood pressure, spills protein in her urine, and holds on to excess water, causing swelling of the legs and other parts of the body.
Does one or more of the following apply to you?
- The swelling is really bad
- Face and/or hands are also swollen
- New headache
- Visual changes
- Nausea that was not present before
- Belly pain