my poor SWOLLEN feet

Geralyn - posted on 07/17/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am about 3 weeks out, and my feet and ankles swelled within the last 36 hours. I was doing great (relatively) until then.... It is painful and uncomfortable.... Help! Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Amanda - posted on 07/25/2010

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mine have puffed up sooo much in the past few days. they look so strange. like they belong on a stranger. and they ITCH, mainly between the toes. especially when i've had shoes on. ick. still 1 month to go.....ugh.

Geralyn - posted on 07/24/2010

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Its hard to elevate feet above the heart when you can't lie on your back. But I am trying... I am definitely going to try to soak 'em.... I hope that we survive the swelling... lol. I have 2 weeks and 2 days.... Fingers and toes crossed... actually I can't cross my toes, because they are enormous.... lol...

Christina - posted on 07/24/2010

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My have been swelling since month 6! My doc says to just keep them elevated, and cool. When I have a fan blowing on them, it helps. Elevated is the best. When I wake up in the morning, my ankles are normal! I keep them elevated the whole night! :) Good luck! I only have 3 weeks too, we can make it!

Kelly - posted on 07/23/2010

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My midwife recommended soaking them in a epsom salt water, and ice packs. It helps, but by the end of the day they are so puffy and painful. Keeping them elevated as much as possible is good too. Easier said than done though sometimes! The midwife mentioned that it just gets worse as time goes on, but as long as BP is in check and the baby is moving, she wasn't too worried. Good luck!

Geralyn - posted on 07/21/2010

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Thanks for the recommendations... I had no idea how painful swelling can be.... Yikes!

Amanda - posted on 07/21/2010

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i have edema in my feet, and i work ON my feet all day. Apparently wearing control top hose (like the sterotypical old lady) at night helps as it prevents blood from rushing into feet and legs when you wake up and stand in the morning. haven't tried it however. Also recommended is keeping your feet up as much as possible when you're able, and soaking in cool water as heat (especially in summer) makes the swelling worse.

Becky - posted on 07/18/2010

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The only thing I can say is to rest as much as possible and elevate your feet to at least heart level. Obviously, drink as much water as possible and stay away from soda. If the swelling doesn't go down, like at night, then I would give your doc a call and let him/her know. Swelling like that is a sign of pre-eclampsia.

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