by email@example.com (322 Posts), Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:42 am
Dependent edema commonly accompanies pregnancy, particularly as gestation progresses. In the absence of evidence for preeclampsia, its presence can be due to a number of factors including advanced maternal age (pregnancy stress on an older heart and cardiovascular system, kidneys, etc.), lack of enough recumbent rest, renal compromise, cardiac compromise and so forth. Occasionally in a situation as described I will utilize a low dose diuretic such as 12.5 mg daily of HCTZ or 10mg oral Lasix daily to facilitate the offloading of this edema if troubling AND after cardio-renal reasons have been investigated.