Are swollen ankles common?

Shanta - posted on 03/28/2013 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Hi I'm 18 weeks and 3 days pregnant with my first baby. I notice my ankles are swollen. Is it normal? Should I be worried?

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Miira - posted on 04/08/2013

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I have the same issue, some edema and I am 27 weeks pregnant. My doc says. My BP is fine, weight is fine and no protein in urine. She said drink lots of water and keep my feet up whenever possible...don't have to tell me twice!

Carol - posted on 04/07/2013

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Make sure you are eating enough good quality protein. Putting your feet up can also help, but it's vital to get enough protein. Your baby's brain also requires it. Also, get a good multivitamin from the health food store. Prescription vitamins don't contain high enough dosages. Rainbow Light has a good prenatal vitamin which my daughter took.

Pamela - posted on 04/07/2013

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Swollen ankles are common with pregnancies. As long as it does not cause any pain in walking you should be okay. If you should begin to feel pain while walking consult your physician,

Margarita - posted on 04/07/2013

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Definitely tell your doctor to rule iut anything serious. In addition to eating less sodium and drinking more water, you can try a foot bath with Epsom salts. Just make sure you discuss it first with your doctor to make sure it won't aggravate any issues you might have. Good luck!

Julie - posted on 04/06/2013

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It can be a sign of pre eclampsia . Tell your doctor, eat less salt and drink more water.

Alyssa - posted on 04/05/2013

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I was swollen almost my whole pregnancy they told me to reduce my salt. They also told me to watch how much sodium i had. Eat bananas if you can they helped with me a little

Madhuri - posted on 04/04/2013

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it is. but do tell your doctor. you might be asked to reduce your salt intake and to drink more water and also put up your legs and stretch them as much as possible

Jessica - posted on 04/02/2013

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My doctor said to drink Tons of water. He said it sounds weird but you'll flush all the extra fluid out. Congratulations :) good luck

Breanna - posted on 04/02/2013

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That's normal my feet and ankles were swollen my entire pregnancy. Just try to keep them elevated as much as possible and don't eat to many salty foods.

Pallabi - posted on 03/31/2013

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Swelling of ankles is very common during pregnancy. Reduce salt intake to some extend. Do not cut down completely. Keep ur legs elevated over a pillow or something... it helps.
And massage it out lightly if u can reach it out which i think u should be able to at this stage or u could ask ur husband to massage it...
Dont worry n if he swelling is too much talk to ur doctor.
Congratulations on ur pregnancy and all the best :)

Deanna - posted on 03/31/2013

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It is normal. One cause is too much salt intake. Maybe cut down on salt. Being on your feet too much can cause it too.

Jennifer - posted on 03/31/2013

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If you ice your ankles with your feet up, it might help, you can also pop a golf ball in the freezer and then roll it under your feet after it gets cold. I hope this helps

Karen - posted on 03/30/2013

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Yeppers! It's pretty normal. Some swelling is to be expected, but if it's excessive, like you cannot fit into your shoes, or doesn't go down after you put your feet up for a while, then ask your doctor just to be sure. Especially with your first baby, you need to get a copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting. It has it all in there. It is a great book, it covers all of the unpleasantnesses of pregnancy that no one ever tells you about, like the swelling, constipation and pubic bone pain. I am pregnant with my second child (first is not yet two but will be when this one is born,) and I'm re-reading the book. It gives a good week by week picture of how the baby is doing and what you might be experiencing.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/30/2013

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Some swelling is normal to me. Diet can also be a factor. With my first baby I craved salty things and I retained fluid because of it. Yay! ;-/ Anyhow, just a few suggestions... drink plenty of water, elevate feet whenever possible and when sitting try not to have the knees bent at a sharp angles because that can cut off proper circulation. Hope this helps and good luck. :-)

Amanda - posted on 03/29/2013

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It also depends on your size and weight gain. If you are in pain then I would be worried. My cousin was your age with her first and after 12 weeks she had swollen ankles because she put on too much weight, well she was also heavy to begin with, and not saying you are, but everyone is different when it comes to what they experience if you are worried talk to your doc.

Shawnn - posted on 03/28/2013

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Talk to your doctor. Yes, some swelling/water retention is normal, but I don't remember mine starting that soon.

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