Keep your feet elevated when sitting as much as possible, elevate them when you're sleeping, drink lots of water, and avoid sitting in positions like the tailor sit that restrict circulation. Don't stand still for prolonged periods, if you're on your feet you should be moving, it aids in circulation. Take off any rings (if your feet swell your hands might, too, and you don't want to cut off circulation!) and avoid socks and shoes that restrict circulation to your feet in any way.<br><br>
As long as the swelling is restricted to hands/feet, goes down partially or completely overnight (more likely if feet are higher than heart while you sleep), isn't accompanied by an increase in blood pressure, and isn't so severe that you can press into the skin in the swollen area and leave a depression there, it's no big deal.
Get some high quality medical support hose, they are working like magic for me! (I mean the expensive thick kind if possible!!) The few days I try not to wear them like for a Dr's appointment my feet are killing me from the severe swelling, I can hardly walk by nightfall. The ugliness is worth every second of comfort to me!!!
i second what keri said...<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> GOOD:<br>
LOTS of PROTEIN (60+ grams a day)<br>
LOTS of WATER (a gallon, if you can do it)<br>
greens (kale, chard, collards)<br>
lemon or cucumber slices in your drinking water<br>
walking and swimming<br>
laying on left side w/ legs above heart level<br>
light, brushing massage (not deep muscle)<br>
warm bath w/ sea salts<br>
these last two - use peppermint and grapefruit essential oils to stimulate circulation)<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nono.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nono"> BAD:<br>
too much salt (some is okay)<br>
sitting for long periods of time
oh, one other thought on the protein thing...we eat meat, so i've been getting a lot of protein that way...BUT, i also just stocked up on snacks and stuff from gen soy. they sell their stuff at the co-op. its nice, because each thing is labelled very clearly as to how many grams of protein you get. so, this morning i had a small bowl of cereal with soy milk and a gen soy bar. if i had just had the cereal, i would have had about 8 grams of protein. with the cereal and the bar, i had 22 grams! that's 1/3 of what i need for the whole day! you can also get dried soy beans for snacking...or get edamame to toss in salads or snack on.