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#1 of 5 Old 09-26-2012, 03:41 PM - Thread Starter
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I had my baby boy on 25th may 2012 by emergency C-section because he was 2 weeks late, and ever since i have had severve water retention in my lower legs and feet and it is so bad that they hurt like made, i find it hard to wear shoes and i can not take my baby boy out for walks as the more that i do the bigger they get and more painfull they become, sometimes they are so bad i can't even bend at the ankles. I went to the doctors a couple of weeks ago after waiting this long as i thought they would go down over time, but my doctor told me it was just fat, i was horrifed, he said that there was nothing i could do but lose weight. I went away in tears. I desided to go and seek a secound opinion from a female doctor who i think thought that it was fat too, but i told her that if you press into my skin it leaves an indentation and that is water retention. so she reluctently gave me a small course of water tablets. Please please can anyone tell me if these things work, and what other things can i try.

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I had the same problem after my C-section in January. Get some Reflexology done! My MIL is a massage therapist/reflexologist and it worked wonders. I will warn you it HURT while she was doing it, I had to tell her a few times to go more gently, but it immediately helped *some* and after about a week and 3/4 sessions my ankles were back to normal. I did not take water tablets because if bf'ing.


Did the doctor check your blood pressure? I had very high pressure after my section (it was fine while I was pregnant) and that compounded it.

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Thankyou so much for your advice and tips, i had my blood pressure checked and it was fine and he also took bloods to check for anything else and they came back fine too, will try reflexolgy, i hope that works. xxxxx

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Watermelon if you can find any. I've used it a couple of times and it helps.

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