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What Is Edema?

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Edema is swelling caused by an excess buildup of fluid in body tissues.

Hey Mom!

If your rings get stuck because of swollen fingers, don't try to remove them until the morning. That's when there's the least amount of swelling. After you get them off, keep them off!

As if adding layers of fat all over your body weren't bad enough, your body might also begin to look bloated as it retains fluids during pregnancy. This excess water buildup can cause swelling called edema. It is most commonly noticeable in the ankles, feet, and legs, but you might also find that your rings are fitting tighter. Edema will be most obvious late in the day, in warm weather, or after standing or sitting for a long time. Remarkably, the swelling usually disappears overnight or after lying down for a few hours.

Try these tricks to help ease the discomfort and bloated appearance of edema:

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth © 2004 by Michele Isaac Gliksman, M.D. and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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