Originally Posted by ksera05
what's her blood pressure? While rare, she does want to keep an eye on it because excessive swelling can be a sign of postpartum pre-eclampsia.
I second this.
Otherwise, it's normal.
I was completely unprepared for how swollen I would be after my c-sections. Around day 7 post-op, I started sweating. And sweating. And sweating some more. Within 48 hours, I'd lost 20+ pounds each time, and my fingers and toes looked freakishly long after thinning out from all the swelling.
After my last c/s, I had 3+ pitting edema all the way up to my groin area. The previous two resulted in pitting edema that stopped at my knees, so that was an unpleasant surprise. My panties were super tight in the legs and left big indentations for the first week.
If it's still as bad by day 10 or so, or if it gets any worse, I'd make an appointment to be seen. I have a friend that couldn't bend her legs at the knee for almost a full week after her crash section. She was pre-eclamptic with concern for developing HELLP syndrome prior to delivery, so I'm sure that didn't help. Plus she'd been on IV fluids and mag for 5 weeks which also didn't help in terms of swelling.