Originally Posted by carolla143
You might consider increasing your protein intake. My midwife has me eating between 80-100g of protein/day!! It's a ton, but I haven't had swollen ankles, except on days that I am not diligent about eating protein at every meal and snack. She claims it really helps and she rarely sees pre-eclampsia.
Check out www.blueribbonbaby.org for some reading about avoiding pre-eclampsia with diet... and the diet (it's Dr. Brewer's).
That having been said, while I do notice some changes based on diet, since about 2-3 weeks ago if I'm either on my feet all day OR not getting a lot of movement (clearly need to find a balance) my ankles do get a bit puffy by the end of the day. My dh is a truck driver, and he has to wear compression socks due to sitting all day if he doesn't get a chance to exercise, and he's not even a little bit overweight. So it seems like its probably mostly related to having to sit all day. Any chance you can get in even a short walk at lunch or breaks, or maybe sit with one foot up, or even one foot on a small stool and then swap feet off and on throughout the day?
Maybe with the baby getting bigger and affecting some of your bloodflow as you're sitting, it's just getting harder for your body to get the return pumping through your calves going. I've also read (as we look for ways for dh to avoid damaging his lower vascular region any worse) that doing calf raises even while you're sitting down will make a difference - flexing and relaxing your calves while you're sitting there.