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Old 09-12-2009, 07:07 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Baby was born 9/8/9 and my feet are swollen more than they were during pregnancy (and I did have trouble with swelling from 20 weeks on). When does this end? Will it ever? I am so tired of having swollen feet and fingers. My feet are so swollen they look like little tubes with toes on the end instead of feet.

I did a search online and read that swelling like this after birth is often associated with epidurals and IVs during labor. I had neither. My labor was 3 hours or so and baby was here, a waterbirth. I didn't even have a heplock. Placenta was birthed on its own, and the cord was cut after the placenta came out. I really could not have had a more natural birth. Why is this happening to me?

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Tana, wife to Steve (5/02), mom to Ben (7/03), Joey (10/06) and Caroline (9/09)
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:53 AM
 
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I googled it and came up with two answers. Neither from reputable sources. One its normal and its taking time for your kidneys to readjust to the lack of baby. Two it is a sign of pre-clampsia after birth which is possible.
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I had the very same situation after both of my births : Majorly NATURAL wonderful births. It is very common but yet very uncomfortable - my feet felt like they were going to pop when I walked! My midwife told me to drinks TONS of water - believe me you'll be wishing you could just set up shop on the toilet because you'll be tinkling OFTEN, like every few minutes. BUT it will flush all of that fluid out of your tissues and you'll find relief very soon. Of course, double check with your own MW though, since she has been with you every step of the way and knows your individual system.

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I did not swell until after birth. Get some good compression socks and drink so much water that you think you are going to float away. Hang in there momma!
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I did the same after I had my baby girl. I think it hit the worst point at about ten days PP. I didn't start losing real weight for three weeks or so either, but about 12-14 days PP it started to get better. I was way more swollen after the birth than I was before. It will get better!
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I was finally able to sleep in bed (vs. in the recliner with baby in a sling on my chest) for the past two nights and I can finally see my ankles. I know sitting made it worse during pregnancy. Perhaps all that "resting" on the couch day and night slowed its disappearance after pregnancy.

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I have a friend who swears by, in addition to drinking lots of water, baths with epsom salts. I don't know why it works, but something about the epsom salts helps swelling.

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