can you hlep me on swelling toes and fingers has midwife hasnt helpt me at all

Natasha - posted on 04/28/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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i told midwife about it and she didnt give me any advice or nothing would it help if i had ice over my fingers and toes or do i just leave it

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Reduce your sodium intake and drink lots and lots of water (no sodas or other sugary drinks). Elevate your feet whenever you have the opportunity. Standing for long periods of time and being out in the heat will make it worse. Also, make sure your blood pressure is within a normal range. Good luck.

Alison - posted on 04/28/2010

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Swelling is normal at this stage. Excessive swelling is not (especially around the face). Yes, cold should help. Reduce salt and caffeine intake. Keep your feet up when you can. Choose sitting over standing. Mostly though, it's just part of the game.

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Tcordukes - posted on 05/01/2010

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i had major swelling (i litterually had no knees or ankles, my legs where the same size from top to bottom) with my second but my blood pressure was fine so they where never worried about it. It's just a pain putting up with it...

all i can say is rest elevate your feet.

Laura - posted on 04/30/2010

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I have the same problem feeling swell too ha ha avoid salt if you need to use it use sea salt or lo salt. And ddrinking grapefruit juice and boiled water with lemon is brill drink as much as you can. When 6 in the evening comes raise your feet.Hope you start to feel ok

Angie - posted on 04/30/2010

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Lie on your left side (allows your liver to help remove toxins from your body).

Drink lots of water.

Soak your feet in cool water.

Don't cross your legs or ankles when you sit.

Don't wear clothes with tight bands at the waist, ankels or wrists.



Some swelling is normal, if you have pitting (push on the swollen area and if a pit remains for a second or more) make sure your midwife knows so she can check your blood pressure and urine for protein.

Natasha - posted on 04/30/2010

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thx for the help everyone ive tried to rest but it still keeps swelling its got to the point i've had to take all my rings of :( i saw my other midwife and she said my BP was fine and it could be a sigh of her coming early so looks like i will have to cope :D

Jamie - posted on 04/28/2010

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When I was pregnant my dr told me to drink lemon water for the swelling. It worked but I didn't care much for the taste.

Laura - posted on 04/28/2010

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It would depend on just how much swelling you are having and if it gets worse. Keeping your sodium intake down, not drinking any kind of soft drinks, etc are all very good advice. I would say that if your mid-wife is not addressing your fears it may be time to seek the advice from a doctor. You know your body better than any one else does and if your not within your norm............ best of luck to you :)

Gwen - posted on 04/28/2010

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Floating in the swimming pool is also excellent for taking pressure off your body and redistributing fluids.

Ann-Margret - posted on 04/28/2010

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I had really bad swelling...to the point where I lost feeling in my right hand (like my hand was asleep all the time). I spent lots of time off of my feet, but if you can't do that...ice and heat thearapy. It could be your BP, but mine was normal...so, I don't know much about high BP. Good Luck!!

Erin - posted on 04/28/2010

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I have to say I also get swolen hands and feet expecilay if it is warm outside or i'm on my feet alot.there isnt much you can do other than sitting with you feet elevated above you heart level. That is what my midwife told me to do. You can get your blood pressure checked out but i have always had a good BP.so if that is the case with you just keep your hands and feet up it will help a little bit

good luck :)

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2010

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You need to have your blood pressure checked as soon as you can (lots of franchise pharmacies have machines in the store that can take your BP.) I don't mean to alarm you, but at this stage in your pregnancy, you definitely need to monitor it (especially if you are swelling). You could develop preeclampsia, which is dangerous to you and your baby.

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