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My feet are so swollen and my ankles are following suit. Anyone have any tips for me? I'm 36 w 3 d, so I've got quite a while to go...

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No real tips, just commiseration - when I was pregnant with DD my feet were unrecognizeable for the last 3 months.  I was wearing flipflops in the winter, it was bad.

 

I can't remember anything that helped much - i tried all the usual suggestions, lots of water, keeping them elevated, etc.  

 

What I really wanted to tell you is that the swelling disappeared as soon as she was born!!  Take hope ;)

 

 


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Avoid salt. Salt hides in lots of foods. A cup of milk has over 100 mg of sodium.

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I am dealing with this as well. I swear I had ankles a few weeks ago. I've been thinking of putting out a lost and found notice.

 

I didn't have this with my first pregnancy, so it's interesting. Nothing else is swollen, just my lower legs, all the way to my toes.

 

I find that the usual tricks do help: spending time horizontal, swimming, water, salt, cucumbers, and so on. But nothing makes it totally go away. I am hoping that it disappears quickly after the birth. (With DS, it was the opposite. I swelled up like crazy postpartum and actually left the hospital 10 lbs heavier than I went in!)


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Avoid salt.

 

This is actually not recommended in pregnancy. Salting to taste is recommended, and helps move fluid. Obviously, you don't want to overdo it.


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No suggestions, just commiseration. I had no swelling of any kind until several days ago when I awoke to find that someone had stolen my feet and replaced them with overstuffed sausages.


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This is actually not recommended in pregnancy. Salting to taste is recommended, and helps move fluid. Obviously, you don't want to overdo it.


Yep, my naturopath encouraged me to continue eating salt to taste,  even eating a little extra!

   


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The NP today told me to avoid salt, specifically packaged foods, but to eat a lot of fresh fruit and veg. My feet are fine but my fingers are HUGE.

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Yup, I've been dealing with massive swelling as well, getting worse every day. By the end of the day my feet hurt so much and they feel like they are going to explode. DH and I went on a date last Saturday and I tried to wear some cute sandals.... couldn't even get my feet in them (and they were loose pre-pregnancy!). I was about to cry because here we are, going to a nice restaurant, and I'm stuck in my one pair of flip-flops that actually fit. Ugh.

 

Nothing I've been doing helps much, so I just try to ignore it lol.gif  The swelling used to go down at night, but even that's not happening anymore. Such a bummer. I'm getting a mani/pedi on Saturday but thankfully the woman doing it is a good friend who has 7 kids so she shouldn't be too freaked out at the swelling. LOL!


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I haven't been able to put on  real shoes since July.  thankfully it's summer so flip flops are a good thing.  

 

I did finally manage to make it to the chiro and that helped but it was right back just as bad in couple days.  I have been taking Dandelion Root and am near running out so I reduced how much I was taking and I can really tell the difference so it must have been helping more than I thought. 

 

Another suggestion my MW had was to try to do about 15 min af walking and then massage from my ankle up to my calf to get the water back up and moving.  That does seem to help some but its hard to bend over and massage my own legs anymore so you may need someone else to do it.  

 

Soaking in cold water seems to help.  

 

I think I am out of ideas.  

 

I over did it today and my feet are huge and hurt like crazy right now.  It really isn't pleasant at all.  As long as it doesn't go above your major joints, such as knees as elbows, then you are likely ok.  Just for sure let your care provider know if it gets worse.  Thankfully I have had a super low BP so my MW hasn't been worried about pre-e but everyone else I know sees my legs and feet and freaks out.  

 

On a side note it is kinda fun to gross people out by making 2 inch indents into my calfs.  smile.gif

 

 

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The NP today told me to avoid salt, specifically packaged foods



Seriously, this is outdated advice. Although restricting salt generally helps reduce/prevent edema in non-pregnant people, it is now known that restricting salt during pregnancy can make swelling worse. This is a special thing that applies only to pregnancy.

 

Of course, packaged/processed foods aren't really the best idea anyway. But, for example, some scrambled eggs with salt to taste? That's generally fine, and even good.


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The typical American eats way more salt per day than their body needs, pregnant or not.

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Seriously, this is outdated advice. Although restricting salt generally helps reduce/prevent edema in non-pregnant people, it is now known that restricting salt during pregnancy can make swelling worse. This is a special thing that applies only to pregnancy.

 

Of course, packaged/processed foods aren't really the best idea anyway. But, for example, some scrambled eggs with salt to taste? That's generally fine, and even good.

Basically nothing in tins what what she said, but cheese and nearly every processed vegetarian protein if high in sodium. Nothing about salting to taste, but for me that would be no salt since I don't like the taste. I only use salt to help flavours blend but if I can taste it, it's too much.
 

 

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My midwives advise 'good' salt, as in sea salt vs. table salt and avoiding processed foods (which is a good idea at any point).  I've been eating nori snacks (dried nori sheets with sea salt).  Yum!

My swelling is so bad that I can barely flex my ankles and my finger joints don't want to cooperate at all.  Acupuncture has helped, as did swimming.  But today I did both, and it didn't touch my swelling at all. 


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The typical American eats way more salt per day than their body needs, pregnant or not.

 

Sure. And if this were a thread in the general area of MDC about moving away from typical American eating habits, this would be relevant.

 

However, since it's a thread in a DDC about swelling at the end of pregnancy, it's really more pertinent to know that actively restricting salt in pregnancy in an attempt to reduce swelling has actually been shown to increase swelling instead. Up-to-date recommendations are to salt to taste.


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Hugs to you all. I don't have swelling (yet, knock on wood) this time, but had it so bad with my first son. It was awful!


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Swelling seems so arbitrary. I had it bad before and during my rash, but as soon as the inflammation cleared, so did all my swelling.

 

But when I was swollen, elevating my feet, walking a little bit, and drinking lots of cool water seemed to help. But the best thing I found was wearing shoes with exaggerated arch support, which seemed to massage a lot of the water out of my feet. So I started wearing my Birks as house slippers.

 

Anyway, my sympathies. Swelling can be so painful, not just a nuisance.

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Thanks all. My doc said to drink a lot of water and eat more lean protein as it would help to trap the excess fluid and I would pass more through urine? She also suggested not cutting out salt.

Today, trapping my feet in tennis shoes seemed to help. smile.gif I took my first graders on a field to a local farm and needed to wear good walking shoes. I can actually see the veins in my feet this afternoon for the first time in weeks. However, my feet feel as if they've been in a vice all day. Ouch!

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