Edema at Four Months: Isn't It Early in My Pregnancy For This?

I'm 31-years-old and in my fourth month of pregnancy. My feet are very badly swollen. My mom says it's too early to develop edema. I'm not under a midwife's care yet, but a regular checkup two weeks ago indicated that everything was okay. I would also like to know how to find a midwife in my area?


Peg Plumbo CNM

Peg Plumbo has been a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) since 1976. She has assisted at over 1,000 births and currently teaches in the... Read more

I have to agree that it is a bit early to experience severe edema. I highly recommend that you select a regular prenatal care provider and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Your blood pressure and urine need to be checked on a regular basis. You may need a kidney evaluation as it is possible for pre-eclampsia (toxemia or pregnancy-induced hypertension) to start this early.

Elevate your legs as much as possible and rest on your left side a few hours at mid-day or when you come home. Increase your fluids, protein and calcium.

To find a midwife in your area call 1-888-MIDWIFE and they will provide you with some names. Good luck with this pregnancy.

Need Advice?
Get answers from iVillage experts and other moms just like you!
Question Details
  1. Pick a subject:
Connect with 1,039,394 members just like you
Share your knowledge, ask questions.