Very swollen feet and ankles

Andrea - posted on 07/11/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Does anyone know what I can do about very swollen feet and ankles? I am 18 weeks pregnant and over the last 2 weeks or so, my feet and ankles have become very swollen. I'm assuming that it is from me being on my feet all day. I am drinking plenty of fluids and going to the bathroom frequently, but still seem to be retaining water. My mom says I'm not releasing enough fluid even though I'm running to the bathroom every hour or 2. Is it safe to take "water pills" to help release this excess fluid? I can't even fit my shoes and sometimes its painful to walk. Thanks.

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Jytte-Marie - posted on 07/12/2010

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keeping your feet up, at the level of your hips or higher, helps with the chronic swelling.
Having a cool bath does help as well.
The best thing you can do is drink as much water/fluids during the day to keep your body hydrated and elevate your feet as much as possible.

I'm going through the same thing right now. I'm 37 weeks.
I gave up on wearing socks because I found it made it worse for me, lol
Good luck!

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SHAQUAY - posted on 07/12/2010

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My feet, legs, and ankles swell really bad. My doctor says to lay on my left side and elevate my feet that seems to work, but nothing really gets rid of the water. After baby is born it won't go away right away either. Try drinking lots of water I know I know like you don't pee enough already but flushing the fluid out helps a lot that was another tip from my doctor ;) well good luck !

Andrea - posted on 07/12/2010

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Thanks for the suggestions ladies! Man I can't wait til December! I'll have to try those sock you mention Keara.

Keara - posted on 07/12/2010

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i've had really swollen feet as well... i even have an extra roll on my ankles lol... there really isn't much that can be done about it... drinking lots of water works, and putting your feet up works wonders, but i've also found that just soaking my feet is helpful, and a nice relaxing bath is always good times!! lol i wouldn't take anything without the ok from your doctor, and you could ask about getting these special tension socks that are supposed to prevent swelling... i personally haven't tried them but my boss was telling me that when she was pregnant they were a lifesaver...

Kelly - posted on 07/12/2010

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you can ask you dr... i was told that the water needs to be up to at least your shoulders.. but I haven't been able to wear tennis shoes since I was 20 wekks.. flip flops are my best friend and sometimes I can't even wear those...

Andrea - posted on 07/12/2010

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Thanks Kelly. Hmm... Would sitting in a tub of water help? I can't really get to a pool unless I'm visiting my mom. I notice that when I wear my socks and sneakers at work that they tend to swell more and being on my feet due to my job duties doesn't help much. This is a first for me to have to deal with this although this is my 6th pregnancy.

Kelly - posted on 07/12/2010

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try swimming in a pool that goes up to at least your shoulders... the pressure from the water will push the water out of your feet & up into your body... but on a bad note, there is nothing you can do - i'm 38 weeks and my ankles & legs from knees down have been swollen since I was 26 weeks - icing them at night helps.. every chance possible elevate them where they are above your heart propped up on a pillow with ice, don't wear socks (the tightness will cause them to swell more) other than that there really isn't anything you can do.. sorry!

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