When do stretch marks usually first appear?
When do your feet/face/hands usually start swelling?
Is swelling pretty much a given with everyone or is it possible for it to pass me by?
I had some initial swelling at about 20 weeks for a total of 3 days. It left as quickly as it came so I figured it was just a milestone my body had to cross or something.
Ph.D. Mama to Anaiah born 10/06/07 and Mathias born 11/14/09 and Wife to my cocoa puff DH.
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With my second pregnancy I don't think I really had any swelling, or it was very minor. I don't really remember any. My stretch marks that pg were't really noticeable until the third trimester.
With this pg, I am starting to swell, just a teeny bit now. I think it's the heat again. I've been trying to keep really hydrated since we're in the middle of a heat wave right now. I'm 19 weeks now. My stretch marks became very noticeable this time in the first trimester. Well, they had never really gone away, just faded really light, so as soon as my belly started to expand (at aound 8-10 weeks I really started to notice it) the stretch marks came back! I've been starting to notice some new ones this week, too.
Of course, I'm also huge this time around. I looked at pictures of myself right before ds (#1) was born and I'm almost that big already.
I never got swelling with my first pg and haven't so far with this one.
There is no such thing as bad weather. Only bad clothing.
I'm 39 weeks pregnant with my 5th pregnancy and I've never had any significant swelling (well, yet; I guess I still have a few days left for it to happen). Nothing more than my wedding ring getting a bit tight if I don't drink enough water on a hot day (which happens to me pregnant or not).
Didn't get swelling either time, It is still possible this pregnancy, but I'm not showing any signs of it.
Neither come with every pregnancy, and be happy if you evade both!
I didn't get stretch marks until 37ish weeks (went to 42 weeks, though). Didn't swell at one bit, not even from all the IV fluids after my C-section.
Minor swelling in my calves and feet was pretty much a daily thing (toward the end of the day) in late pg, but I've never had much swelling in my face/hands. My rings get a bit tight at the end of the day in the third tri, but I can still wear them. IIRC, significant swelling, esp. in the face, can be a symptom of pre-eclampsia, so you might want to read a bit more about that.
As far as reducing/preventing swelling.....drink lots and lots and lots of water. Keep hydrated (and replace electrolytes if necessary) and keep those toxins flushed out! Try to put your feet up for ten minutes or so a couple times a day, esp. later in the day.....foot/calf rubs are wonderful, too!
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Just a side note: My 4yo ds saw my stretch marks the other day and asked about them. I told him that they were from my pregnancies with him and his brother. Then, in the spirit of loving my body that is "fearfully and wonderfully made," I said: "Aren't they beautiful?" He nodded, and said, "oh yes! They are pretty!" What a favor I did for his future wife! Ha ha.
1st pg: none
2nd pg: only had some in my ankles during a vacation at 7 mos pg when I was doing a LOT of walking. Taking a nap with my feet up made it go away, and I had zero problems after that.
3rd pg: none yet
I've never had trouble with rings or shoes not fitting during pregnancy. So yeah, it could pass you by, since it mostly did for me. For people I know who had swelling, some started in the 2nd trimester and some in the 3rd.
DD2 i started noticing new ones.. i wanna say it was around 7 months.
and luckily i never really swelled. a little.. i had to take off my ring. but i don't LOOK or feel swollen.
I haven't had much swelling at all even though its usually in the 90's and humid here. I'll get some puffiness in my fingers if I go out for a long walk, but I'd get that pre-pg anyways..it just super hot out.
I think I'm retaining a bit of water, but all over, similar to when I'd get bad PMS and felt a little puffy-but still see my ankle bones, etc..
Never had swelling in face, hands, feet
Swelling Passed me by totally
<knock on wood>
Praying for a repeat this time!!
-zak- Mama to three fantastic sons - 2005, 2007 & 2010 and expecting a daughter February 2012!
Army wife - Mama to Liam (9/07), Laine (5/09), and Eliza (7/11)
I was very lucky to not have any swelling (except the initial bloating in the first trimester). I drank 6 glasses of water every day which I believe can help.
I never had swelling with DD. My knuckles grew though, and that ring is never gonna go back on my finger. It looks like the same thing is happening with this pregnancy. I took my (new) wedding ring off a month ago. I'll probably have to have it resized or buy another one after the baby is born.
This pregnancy, stretch marks appeared on my stomach around 35 weeks (only gained 20 lbs this time at 37 weeks, so go figure).
I never did swell with DS. This time, I've had a little bit of swelling, but nothing to really complain about. I think it just depends on the person.
As for swelling, I had some very slight swelling in my ankles just before 24 weeks, then was "diagnosed" with GD and started eating better, which made the swelling go away (as far as I was concerned--I couldn't see it anymore). Somewhere between 28 and 30 weeks, my feet started puffing up and I'd notice them looking fatter, but couldn't really feel it. By 31 weeks, which was two weeks ago, the swelling became much more pronounced and started getting painful, like the pain after you sprain an ankle or something and it swells up like a balloon! My blood pressure is fine and no other signs of toxemia or anything, just the swelling in my ankles and feet. It's gotten to the point where my midwives are willing to pull me out of work early (probably by 35/36 weeks, sometime after my next appointment with them at 34.5 weeks) instead of waiting until 38. I wouldn't mind the swelling if it didn't get so painful! There's usually a general feeling of fatness in my feet, but at this point, one foot or the other will almost "suddenly" get painfully swollen and I'll have to rush (okay, waddle) off to the bedroom to lay with my feet up against the wall or make DH try to rub the swelling out.
Two months ago I bought this stretch mark cream on Amazon by Alohi Naturals and
so far I have seen improvement. I am amazed actually, there is something in it
that really worked for me, although I can't pinpoint what, but I don't care, as
long as it works! I know every body is different but don't give up, try different
creams and oils and you will find something that works for you.
I never swell up before any of my babies, but I do retain a bit after the birth.
DD (9) ~ DD (7) ~ DS (5) ~ DS (2)
Mama to 10 babies in Heaven
As for swelling I'm 24w6d and am horribly puffy in the foot region. It's been like this for 2 weeks. I'd say the puff starts between 22 and 30 weeks. It may also pass you by. Not everyone gets puffy. A lot has to do with the size you expand to and how much water you drink.