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#1 of 6 Old 12-15-2007, 05:15 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So the ankle/foot regions have been swelling towards the end of the day/evening. Fine, I realize that's normal. It usually goes down once I get to bed - by morning i can see ankle bones again.

Last night we drove overnight 8 hours so I never got the chance to put them up. So the swelling hasn't gone down, and I'm pissed. I've been sitting in a recliner with them up for 5 hours, plus 4 hours of laying down, and socking away the water and liquids...

But this really sucks. Is there ANYTHING else I can do?

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nothing I can think of. just keep doing what you are doing. walk a little, put them up a little, ect.

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I recommend walking as well...while you don't want to be ON your feet a bunch, they do need some circulation
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I have had this issue twice with long car rides. I haven't had an 8 hour ride but the swelling actually took 1-2 days to really get back to normal. I just tried to take it easy as much as possible. But I have a 2.5 yo so I couldn't take it *too* easy!!

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If you can have a nice bath, that might help too. The pressure of the water pushing in on your skin can help push the fluids back up toward your heart. A deeper pool like a hot tub or swimming pool works better.

Eat extra protein, helps you make albumin to keep your fluids in your vessels.

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We're on day 2 - after 10 hrs in bed still no change, so I'm paying close attention to anything else that might be swelling (so far nothing) and I guess I'll call my midwife in the morning.

The little bit of walking i did yesterday seemed to exacerbate the problem, by the time I got to bed I was in awe of how swollen things were.

This sucks.

Let me see if I can track down a hot tub....that sounds marvelous.

And see if my mom has some protein shakes or something I can add to my daily intake.

Thanks for the help!

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