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7. Pregnancy

It is normal for pregnant women to experience swelling in their feet. While the uterus grows and the fetus develops, the process places more pressure on the veins in the lower part of the body. Swelling manifests primarily in the feet and is more prominent during the third trimester and in women carrying twins. During pregnancy, the body releases hormones that help stabilize the fetus and maintain the health of the gestation. However, those hormones can lead to an accumulation of sodium and water, which lead to edema and swelling. Severe swelling can indicate preeclampsia, which may prompt other symptoms such as high blood pressure, elevated proteins in the urine (a condition called proteinuria), and swollen hands, legs, and feet.

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