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This advice is not a substitute for any instructions your doctor has previously given you in the office. This is routine pregnancy advice, in normal low risk pregnancies.

Swollen Ankles and Leg Cramps

Swollen ankles and legs are caused by increase in blood volume, heat, gravity, pressure on blood vessels and supply from uterus.

Treatment measure include:

  • Elevate feet above heart level frequently.
  • Wear support hose to waist, not thigh high.
  • Lie on left side when resting/sleeping.
  • Soak in the bathtub; water pressure decreases swelling.
  • Massage
  • Magnesium and Potassium supplements can decrease leg cramps.

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of Breath is caused by pressure on the diaphragm in the last few months of pregnancy.

To find relief:

  • Use complete breath.
  • Correct posture

Frequent Urination

Frequent Urination is caused by pressure of uterus on bladder in the first 3 months and when baby drops.

Treatment includes:

  • Cut down fluid one hour before bedtime.
  • Avoid Caffienated Beverages