Swollen Feet and Cankles

Heidi - posted on 08/25/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Does anyone else has badly swollen feet and "cankles"? I was checked for toxemia, and it came negative, so the dr told me to watch my sodium. I started a diet of 2000 milligrams of sodium a day, and would eat under sometimes, but my feet are still horrible. I am 33 weeks pregnant today and cant imagine having to go another 9 weeks like this. There are days when I cant even walk on my left foot..I wear slippers because the tops of my feet are too swollen to wear real shoes..Anyone else in this boat with me??Any suggestions? I put my feet up and home and work, but it doesnt really help :(

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Tanja - posted on 09/18/2011

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I have the same thing never swelled like this with my other 2 kids but boy their big with this pregnancy have u tried putting them in cold water it help me a lil but not to much but the cold water felt good too, good luck

Kim - posted on 09/20/2009

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Oh I'm so sorry! I don't have it as bad but I definately have been having an increase in swelling. I thought it was bad this summer but man, I can't wear shoes and even my flip flops are tight. I only wear my wedding band if I run to the store and it comes off right as I walk in the door. Mine definately has to do with poor circulation and doing too much as well.



Candy, I know how you feel about the pedicure thing. Fortunately the nail salon I go to has seen me for years and Maggie is so nice that she gives me an extra long massage to get the blood flowing and to relieve the pain. I owe her an awesome Christmas tip this year.

Erica - posted on 09/20/2009

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Yup. I have horrific edema and my doc prescribed forced leave in my 31st week when my capillaries started bleeding out under the skin in my lower legs. I had to get prescription support stockings and had to prop my feet up above my heart (with the stockings on) 24 hours a day for a week. Cleared the capillary bleeding right up but still in support stockings.



If it's bad enough none of the "remedies" are going to help much - talk to your doc about support stockings (and the danger of thrombosis). But if you're still "normally swollen" here're a few tips:

- Spray your legs alternatingly with ice-cold then warm water...start at your feet and push the water up your legs

- ALWAYS prop your feet up...above your heart whenever possible.

- Try eating fresh pineapple and cucumbers



Good luck!

Candy - posted on 09/18/2009

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I was so embarrassed when i went to get a pedicure because they are swollen, but i went early when they are least swollen, i have a butterfly tattoo on the front of my ankle and i swear he is turning into a giant moth LOL, I hate to see my feet like this, isn't it horrible. and if i cross my legs when i am sitting, or put one foot under me as i sit i stand up and it is all mishapen because the water has been compressed out of the area that had pressure on it. I am wearing my wedding ring around my neck, which i have never taken off! I think this is the part i want to be over most! My toes go numb too and standing too long i get tingly, ugh!

Heidi - posted on 09/16/2009

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Justine,yup I have the same feeling when I look down at my feet and ankles..Drink lots of water, lowered my sodium, and it did nothing..Now at 36 weeks, i dont think anything will help since thats when they are suppose to swell anyways. I dont think my insurance will vover the stockings,but let me know if you find them at walmart of pennys..I keep saying to myself only a few more weeks, only a few more weeks....

Justine - posted on 09/15/2009

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Yes my feet and ankels r horribly disgusting!! i can NOT stand to look at them. It almost brings me to tears everytime i look at them, and they hurt! keeping them elevated does not work for me either. My midwife said to cut the sodium and drink LOTS of water which i already do and that doesnt seem to help. She did give me a perscription for compression stockings and i actually went there today and all they did was measure my ankels and calves. But it turned out my insurance had a $300 deductible and they stockings were going to cost me $102 out of pocket! Im just about 37 weeks so i didnt end up getting them i'll try looking in Walmart or maybe Jcpenny's that is ridicilous! i was so furious though bc my feet look like clubs! haha. If u have good insurance that will cover it see if ur doc or midwife willl write u a perscription or just check the stores.

Amanda - posted on 09/05/2009

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Heidi,

Having the same issues. Can't figure out why as I don't eat a lot of sodium and I am healthy. Doc said sitting or standing in one place for a long time can be the culprit. I get 2 fifteen minute breaks that I put my feet up and an hour lunch which I do the same. The doctor also put me on a reduced work schedule. It has helped but not a cure.

Also are you drinking a lot of fluids? I have been dehydrated twice so I am supposed to drink 4 liters of fluid per day. I swear it goes right to my ankles!!!

Just remember there is a cure for it! Delivery!!

Heidi - posted on 08/31/2009

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Thanks girls..Im glad to know Im not the only one..Unfortuantely I cant put my feet up all day because Im at work..

Desiree - posted on 08/31/2009

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Yes, this is my second baby and both times I have gotten swollen ankles in the last 20 weeks...the is nothing wrong with me either. It's just something I have to endure but at least a few weeks after the birth you will return to normal.....all i do is to have my feet resting above my heart (lay on the couch or wherever and have your feet raised above the level of your heart) I also ask my partner to massage them after I have had a shower....it doesnt go completely but it works a little bit and it definitely feels better.
:)

Kailey - posted on 08/29/2009

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It happens to me sometimes but (in my case) it's just bad circulation. I find that walking around and elevating my feet help TREMENDOUSLY! I've also noticed it happens more often in the heat, so try staying cooler.

Cassandra - posted on 08/29/2009

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lol i DO i have my feet and hand do BIG on me it dont hurt all the time but it dose

i have tried tonic water with a bit of cordial so it dont taste to bad but i havent found much to help i have had warm bath and massage but this may help for u have u seen ur dr as my do is now checking top make sure i dont have to much fluid around bub as i wake up with my feet and hand fuffy so see ur dr and ask them if anything u can do have they tested for pre eclampsia even if u ask them to test u for it its just a pee test and they check your blood pressure

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