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A very pregnant Jessica Simpson is at a loss when it comes to her super-swollen ankles and feet. The star recently took to Instagram to share a photo of her dilemma, asking her followers for remedies and help.
Thankfully, Simpson, who is expecting her third child, received tons of suggestions on how to minimize her swelling. "Elevate your feet above your heart level 85% chance that your feet will deflate," one user wrote. "Elevate those feet and reduce salt intake," said another. BTW, both of these recommendations are exactly what you'd hear from the American Pregnancy Association.
Some other commenters also warned the mom-to-be about preeclampsia (aka toxemia), a serious pregnancy complication that both Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian suffered from during their pregnancies. It's characterized by high blood pressure and damage to the liver and kidneys, according to the Mayo Clinic. Sudden weight gain and swelling are some symptoms to look out for. It's always worth checking with your doctor to rule it out since, left untreated, it can be fatal.
That said, experiencing some swelling, especially toward the end of your pregnancy, is usually not something to freak out about.
"It’s difficult to assess the level of swelling Jessica has with just a small image of her foot, however, it does appear to be a little more swollen than average," Dr. Christine Greves, an ob-gyn at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies tells Shape. That being said, a degree of swelling during pregnancy is quite normal.
"During pregnancy, your fluid increases significantly, and when standing for long periods of time, gravity can cause that fluid to accumulate in your lower extremities," she says. "Especially, during the final trimester of pregnancy, your baby is growing rapidly, placing more pressure on your inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood to your heart. This can often lead to fluid retention in your feet. Some women may even notice that they need to go up a shoe size."
ICYDK it's not just the lips, hands, or feet that swell up, either. Pregnancy can affect all your mucous membranes, including your vaginal lips and even the lining of your nose, which causes many pregnant women to report feeling chronically stuffed up, Melissa Goist, M.D., an ob-gyn at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, previously told us.
If you're concerned your swelling isn't normal, it's always a good idea to get a medical opinion. "If you're experiencing an abnormal amount of swelling, it's important to get in touch with your doctor," Greves says. "They can check your blood pressure and determine if the cause is something more serious, like a blood clot."
These last few weeks of pregnancy definitely haven't been the easiest for Simpson. Earlier this week she shared that she was under the weather and having a "sick day" and before she joked that she "can't wait to have a waist again and not waddle in 2019."
Wishing her luck as she heads into the home stretch!