Depression In The Legs When Pressed During 18 Weeks Pregnant?
Hello doc. I am 18 weeks pregnant. I accidentally pressed the area around my leg’s shin with my fingers and formed a hollow in the skin. The basin was not immediately returned to normal. Takes time. I did not feel swelling in my legs. Is this normal or abnormal? How does it affect my pregnancy?
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Complaints of the skin when the skin area above the shin is pressed and when you are in pregnancy, this condition shows an edema or swelling in the legs. This swelling is caused by a buildup of body fluid in the limbs because the blood flow back to the heart is interrupted. In mild conditions, where the hollow in the skin is not too deep, no accompanying complaints and no medical signs found by the obstetrician, then this is still within normal limits.
Swelling of the lower limbs during pregnancy is still within reasonable limits, often influenced by several conditions:
1. lack of sleep
2. physical fatigue
3. often stand up
4. wrong sleep position
5. walk often
6. old gestational age
However, if edema in the limbs increases or visible swelling, then this condition needs to be evaluated. Some medical conditions that are at risk can accompany complaints of swelling in the legs, such as:
1. high blood pressure during pregnancy
4. Increased body protein waste
Because your gestational age is around 18 weeks, and you feel a hollow in your legs, you should be able to go directly to your obstetrician for a pregnancy check up and submit a complaint that you feel. By carrying out consultations and examinations, so even if a medical condition is found to be at risk, the doctor can provide treatment and care as early as possible. Even if there is no risky medical condition, the doctor can provide advice and input for you during this pregnancy. After labor, the swelling can gradually improve and disappear.
To help ensure the presence or absence of medical disorders that affect these complaints, the doctor will conduct interviews, physical examinations and necessary investigations, such as blood tests, ultrasound examinations to help establish the diagnosis. The results of the examination will be a reference for your next treatment until delivery.
For now, you should do some effort to help reduce mild swelling, such as:
1. avoid physical fatigue
2. Avoid going too far
3. Raise your feet against your body when you lie down
4. do a light stretch before the move and in the afternoon
Thus the info we can convey.