Swelling after a c-section?

Melissa - posted on 03/07/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I just had my 3rd child and it was a lot harder than the other 2. After 14 hours of hard labor my cervix actually started to thicken rather than thin so they had to do a c-section. I had an epideral and was on an IV for over 2 days. Now my legs and feet are massively swollen. I mean HUGE. Any tips besides walking it off and keeping them elevated on how to bring the swelling down quicker?

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Cynthia - posted on 03/08/2009

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Water helps, but does not go down too too fast, you unfortunately just hvae to wait. It's rediculus how huge they get, eh?!



 

User - posted on 03/07/2009

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I totally know where you are coming from! I can tell you that my fingers were like sausages. I couldn't believe how swollen my ankles and feet were.

There are ways to bring down that swelling but you should speak with your OBGYN before you look at any of the options I used.

Swelling is pretty normal after being on an IV for a few days and no being up and mobile enough. Also medications they gave you can add to swelling issues. I would really recommend massage. My husband would start at my knees and work his way down to my toes. All the while attempting to move fluid toward my knees and up my legs.

Also remember that to reduce swelling you need to be sure and hydrate. Drink extra fluids. I found that all of a sudden I was clearing toxins and peeing like mad.

When all else fails look into a diuretic. Miadol can help reduce swelling. However, this might not be an option if you are breast feeding or have diabetes, preeclampsia, or high blood pressure. It is something you need to be carful of in a postpartum situation.

Watch your blood pressure. Kidney, Liver, and blood pressure issues can add to situations.

Rochelle - posted on 03/09/2009

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My hospital gave me those special stockings and I wore them religiously even though the temp outside was between 35 and 40 degrees Celcius everyday! the stockings and light walks around the house and garden helped a lot.Also putting feet up as much as baby allows is great. My husband made a huge pile of pillows in our bed for my feet and I think that helped as well. Most importantly: remember to relax as you've MAJOR ABDOMINAL SURGERY. We tend to forget this with the whole "C-section" thing. It's major and we need to take it easy.

Bronwyn - posted on 03/07/2009

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I had cankles straight away but after elevating my feet, they went away. I agree that you should call your doc right away or the hospital where you gave birth. Can you let us know what the outcome is?

Sandra - posted on 03/07/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

Swelling after a c-section?

I just had my 3rd child and it was a lot harder than the other 2. After 14 hours of hard labor my cervix actually started to thicken rather than thin so they had to do a c-section. I had an epideral and was on an IV for over 2 days. Now my legs and feet are massively swollen. I mean HUGE. Any tips besides walking it off and keeping them elevated on how to bring the swelling down quicker?



After my 3rd csection,I swelled so much I actually felt bigger than when I was preganat...it was also accompanied by headaches in the lower part of my neck...went to my 2 week appt,found out it was due to postpartum preeclampsia.Had to be hospitalized overnight,and all was fine after the treatments.I just thought I had swelling and plain old headaches due to a new baby and no sleep...knew that with a section you could swell...well,get that blood pressure checked! I hope it all works out well for you!

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Laurinda - posted on 03/07/2009

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I had a c section last august with my first baby. I also experienced the same thing. for the first 2 days I could hardly walk. The doctors told me it was normal and was just a build up of fluid. It eventually went away about 1.5 weeks later.

Gina - posted on 03/07/2009

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This is not normal.  You need to talk to your doctor RIGHT AWAY.  Some swelling is expected, but that much swelling caould be a serious issue.  you need to call and talk to someone soon!  Especailly if its getting worse not better!

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