Post # 1
I’ll be 34 weeks tomorrow. I have slight swelling in my feet and ankles- I wouldn’t call it “swelling” in my hands- I can just tell I’m carrying more fluid.
My eyelids + orbital bone are very slightly puffy. I don’t know that I would call it swelling. It’s the equivalent if I was extremely tired/no sleep or if I had cried. Or even if I had overslept. Last night, I went to bed around 9pm- and like always, had interrupted sleep. I was up from about 3:15am until maybe 5ish– actually up (meaning awake but in bed) and on the computer doing things because I couldn’t sleep. I fell back asleep sometimes after that, and woke once at 7ish, and then apparently slept until 9:30am.
My blood pressure was last checked Monday and it was normal.
Because I’m obviously retaining fluids this late in my pregnancy, is it normal for my orbital bone to appear slightly puffy? Almost like I’ve gained weight in my face? I delivered at 33 weeks exactly last pregnancy, and I was almost 7 years younger- and while I gained a lot of weight, I didn’t have any swelling until after I delivered.
I will obviously go into birth center if need be, but I’m afraid a call will result in an automatic visit- when I don’t know if I actually need to go.
Did anyone else simply gain weight around thier orbital bone?
Post # 3
MrsEME: Do the Check Your Symptoms section on the left. These are the exact questions that a nurse would ask if you called Healthlink ( our NurseLine).
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<h2 class=”HwSectionTitle”>Swelling During Pregnancy (Severe)</h2>
During pregnancy, swelling that may be a sign of a more serious problem may include:
- Weight gain of 0.9 kg (2 lb) or more during a 24-hour period.
- New and increasing swelling, especially in your face, hands, or feet.
- Swelling in your feet that does not improve even after you lie on your side for several hours.
Post # 4
I would be a bit worried about the swelling in your face.
Post # 5
julies1949: I called the birth center– because even though my ankles are not seriously swollen- they are mildy swollen, I noticed if I press right on my inner ankle bone, there was slight pitting.
I talked to the nurse– and she said to just watch it. My symptoms can be considered normal OR they could be pre-e…but my blood pressure hasn’t been of concern (it was taken Monday) and I have an appt on Monday– so she said if anything changes to call/come in.
I wouldn’t know if I gained too much in a certain time frame– turns out our scale’s battery is just on the brink of dying.
While my feet and ankles have slight swelling…it started about two weeks ago and has been gradual. The swelling is down from last night (I was standing and or sitting with my feet downward all day yesterday for the holiday).
Mentioned my eyes to the nurse and again- I’m supposed to watch it. It can be completely normal to have slightly puffy eyes due to regular water retention.
I just hate stuff like this because it always has me on edge. I’m sh*tty at dealing with it 🙁
Post # 6
MrsEME: Just keep an eye out. I am not sure about the orbital bone. But I had to take a DL eye exam at 34-ish weeks pregnant and it was hot in there and I FAILED miserably. Like you only need 20/60 in one eye to pass and I couldn’t do it. I could not pass that test that day. They made me go see an eye doctor and I passed the vision test fine there (actually it was 20/30) where I was more relaxed and could take my time (and wasn’t hot ugh). So the whole water retention and eye problems could be totally normal.
I had mild swelling in my calves and my face certainly looked a bit fatter than normal. So mild swelling is normal (the swelling showed up and never went away until after delivery).
Post # 7
It almost sounds like an allergic reaction to me. Did you eat anything unusual or start a new medication or beauty product?