At my last OB appointment, my doctor commented that I was swollen. I'm 31 weeks. In my record she wrote: "1st degree edema in feet, hands and face. Diagnosis: Gestational edema." She took my blood pressure and it was 114/85 and commented that it was fine. She didn't say anything to me about it, other than commenting that I was swollen and must be eating lots of salt (which I am not - I'm not totally restricting, but not eating that much). And she still said it was fine for me to travel by plane to the States next week where we will be having the baby.
Whenever I look of gestational edema, the only thing that comes up online is information about pre-eclampsia, which of course freaks me out quite a bit. I know some degree of swelling is normal, and honestly I really don't notice swelling in my hands and face. She kept acting like when she pressed down it left pitting (or indentations), which it definitely does on my feet and ankles, but I was watching her and really didn't feel like it was doing that on my hands even though she acted like it was. And I've been pressing down on my hands and face at home and don't notice any pitting or indentations.
I'm also confused about the blood pressure reading (114/85), since it appears to be in the normal range, though the bottom number is just under borderline high. The thing is, though, I had gotten a blood pressure reading at a pharmacy like a month ago and it was 119/86 and when I talked to the midwife we will be using in the US, she thought that it had been a bad reading. She said that it was weird to have the top number low and the bottom number verging on the high side. Anyways...I'm just confused.
I don't know if I should be worried because the doctor acted like it was out of the ordinary but then didn't really say anything about how I should deal with it or if it posed any risks. And everything I see online seems very alarmist. Should I be worried about flying next week (one 3 hour flight, 2 hour layover, then an hour long flight)?