Swollen feet & in pain...

Kelly - posted on 05/14/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )




I will be 30 weeks pregnant tomorrow and I know swelling comes with pregnancy, especially in late pergnancy, but ever since last Sunday night my feet have become so swollen that I can't even wear my flip flops. Tennis shoes are our of the question.

I was wondering if anyone knows anything I can do to help with the pain and maybe some of the swelling. My doc said it's all normal, but the pain it getting to much for me. I'm still working full time, but I have a desk job, so I'm not on my feet all day only when I have to get up and do something. Also keeping them elevated isn't working much at all.

Please help! Thanks!


Kristin - posted on 05/14/2010




You still have to get up and move periodically, at least 5 to 10 minutes every 2 to 3 hours. It gets the blood moving and helps to get the fluids out of your system. Keep an eye on your salt intake, even in stuff you wouldn't think of as having much sodium in it. Get yourself some compression socks or hose and put them on before you get out of bed. Elevate your feet several times during the day and lay on your left side a few times too. Drink LOTS of water throughout the day. Yes, you will have to pee a lot, but it's taking the excess fluids too.

What's the pain associated with? Sciatic, hip, what? Yoga and swimming have helped me with both of those. The water from the pool could also provide counter pressure to the internal water swelling. You also get to feel like yourself again.

Good luck. It's almost done.

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I go by these websites, they help.
Prop your feet up as much as possible at work and don't over due exercise. And rub rub rub your feet. I always use slip on shoes that are open in the back when my feet swell. I usually get a size bigger than normal because of the swelling. Target usually has them really cheap if you look around on their isles. (Normally by the compfy socks and house shoes) Wal Mart has them too, but Target sometimes has nicer looking ones for the same price or a dollar or two more.


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Kelly - posted on 05/22/2010




Hey ladies.. Thanks for the comments & some tips. I have been just relaxing a lot more & keeping my feet warp with cold cloths and they seem to be doing much much better! Hope everyone else is doing good!

Michelle - posted on 05/22/2010




I will have to try that but you have me laughing with the "surprised puffer fish" I never thought about it but that is the best description I have heard lol I hope the author Kelly is doing better!

Angelique - posted on 05/21/2010




I'm right there with you! The top of my feet have already started getting a wrinkled appearance due to the swelling and have gone a funny mottled purple colour! I've found that keeping my feet elevated and wrapping them in a cold, wet cloth helps the swelling - it allows my toes to actually touch the ground! Being in the beginning of Summer is not helping me either! I feel like a surprised "Puffer fish"!

Good luck, let me know if the cold compress works for you as well as it's working for me!

Michelle - posted on 05/15/2010




I feel your pain! I can't even bend my feet they are so swollen and when I try they turn purple! I asked my doctor what is causing this and she said the summer causes the feet to swell and its just one of the bad parts of being prego during the summer. Elevating doesn't help and I even cut out all caffeine and salt and that still didn't help. The dr said the only time she will be concern with my swelling is if my blood pressure rises. So my knees hurt, my hip hurts to where I walk like my grandmother, and my feet are purple. Oh the joys of pregnancy :0)

Kirsty-Louise - posted on 05/15/2010




i found when i was at work my feet swelled more than days i wasnt n i also had a desk job but i found that gettin up and walking round a few times an hour helped my swelling stay down abit. dont know if it could help you but it did me and i was surprised to see it did as i thought sitting down would mean less swelling but it stops your circulation which causes more swelling. just a suggestion though, hope you find something that helps! :)

Lauren - posted on 05/15/2010




I would make sure that you don't have preclampsia because swelling up that quickly can sometimes indicate that....otherwise exercise just walk every day if even for 15 minutes it keeps the blood flowing and the swelling down and keep your legs elevated!

Rebecca - posted on 05/14/2010




Ask your doctor about compression stockings, they might tell you that you can wear them, and they'll squeeze all that fluid back up your legs. Get up and walk around more than you have to, as well. I'm dealing with swelling as well and the stockings have helped me get relief. I only wear them for short periods of time when my swelling gets bad enough to make the skin on the top of my feet feel tingly and itchy and raising them doesn't work.

Kara - posted on 05/14/2010




I'm 30 weeks in a few days also and I feel your pain! I had such bad swelling in my hands even that I had to take off my wedding ring because it hurt me so bad. I live in my flip flops now. All I know is keep yourself hydrated, elevate your feet when possible and if you're able to slide your shoes off as often as possible when you're at work. I hope you start feeling better

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