Is Jessica Simpson’s Swollen Foot The Sign of Something Serious?

Jessica Simpson at a YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund gala
Jessica Simpson | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund

Jessica Simpson posted an alarming image of her extremely swollen foot and ankle on Instagram with the caption, “Any remedies?! Help!!!!”

The singer is pregnant and the swelling is likely from edema. Which is a common condition impacting the body’s extremities, as well as the face, according to the American Pregnancy Association.  However, Simpson also posted on Instagram a few days prior that she wasn’t feeling well either.

The American Pregnancy Association notes that while edema can show up any time during pregnancy, it typically occurs during the third trimester. So what is going on with Simpson and is she experiencing one of the “joys” of pregnancy or could this be something more serious?

Typical pregnancy edema looks like this

Many women experience edema during pregnancy. Because the body generates 50% more blood and fluids as the baby develops. Which is why pregnant women experience some swelling. For most women, swelling makes up about 25% of the weight gain in pregnancy.

The American Pregnancy Association adds that swelling can be made worse during summertime heat, an excessive intake of sodium, and if you stand for a long period of time.

When Simpson posted the image of her swollen foot and asked for help, followers were quick to offer advice. “Strawberries, fresh organic. Works!!” Another suggested, “Keep them elevated, drink lots of water, and no salt.” Another person suggested she avoid wearing high heels or try wearing compression stockings.

When should you see your doctor?

While edema is typically not worrisome, it may be a sign of preeclampsia according to Today’s Parent. Preeclampsia is pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, usually presenting after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Mayo Clinic reports. Sudden swelling or weight gain may be a sign of preeclampsia. Also, severe headaches, nausea or vomiting, and shortness of breath are signs too.

Also, swelling in one leg or extremity, accompanied by pain may be a sign of a blood clot, Today’s Parent reports. Swelling along with chest pains may also be a sign of heart problems. When Simpson posted an image saying she wasn’t feeling well, a follower asked her a very important question.

“Are you wheezing? Please check out PPCM it’s a heart condition you can get during or after pregnancy but it’s the weakening of your heart,” the follower queried. “The swelling on your feet is very concerning. I was diagnosed with bronchitis for a month a half before doctors realized it was my heart. I had gained 20 lbs in fluid and caused my heart to be functioning at only 15%. Wheezing, short of breath and extreme lethargy were my first symptoms.”

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