Many women experience post-pregnancy edema. Edema after pregnancy might take a week or two to disappear. Edema happens because the body retains some of the extra fluid from pregnancy and loses it on its own in the next few weeks after the birth of the baby. The kidneys do the purging and this means that you’ll be making frequent trips to the washroom. The excess fluid also turns into sweat and passes through your pores.
Edema of the post-pregnancy kind is generally not serious and will resolve within a week, but if you have swelling for more than a week...
... or have pain in your legs or severe headaches, then speak with your doctor to check if this is a sign of high blood pressure.
If you notice that the swelling is in one ankle or leg and you have severe pain, then call the doctor immediately as it could be a symptom of a blood clot or deep vein thrombosis.
Some of the signs of edema include swelling of fingers and feet. Your rings might get stuck and shows might feel tight. The body also looks bloated because of the fluids retained during pregnancy. Accumulation of excess water that causes swelling is known as edema. You can notice the swelling in the legs, feet, and ankles, and of course your rings will feel tighter. Edema happens most frequently during warm weather, late in the day or if you’ve been sitting or standing for a very long time. Generally, swelling reduces if you lie down for a few hours or after a good night’s sleep.