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I will say that today has been quite a bit warmer than it has the past week or so, but today my feet have doubled in size <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: . The edema isn't pitting, but I look like elephant man and DH was amazed at the hugeness of my 'cankles' and feet. They feel soooo tight like my skin can't take it. No other swelling- hands and face are fine. I had pre-e with my DS so I am aware of the signs and there is nothing else. Checked my BP and it was 111/59 so great for me.<br><br>
Wierd thing is that my colostrum just came in yesterday- probably a total coincidence but I find that interesting. Oh, and now DS poos 3-4 times a day quite runny and since he's a toddler, quite stinky too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> . I so far have declined to tell DH that is a side effect of colostrum as he would be keen on me cutting back or weaning DS, but soon he will wonder about all these poops!<br><br>
Anyhow, not to get too OT here but is there anything to relieve the swelling so I can bend my feet without feeling like they will split? I've soaked in cool water and laid on the couch, but they are still ginormous.
 

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When you lay down make sure to elevate those feet to above the rest of your body, avoid salt and caffeine, that's all I got. Good luck I hope it gets better soon.
 

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Feet higher than the heart as often as you can! Drink LOTS and LOTS of water. Which does seem counterintuitive when you are retaining fluid..but it does help!!!
 

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My midwife advises a one hour soak in the tub or swimming pool - submerged up to the neck.<br><br>
The pressure from the water apparently helps push the fluids out of your tissue and back into blood vessels where they belong.<br><br>
This is supposed to be one of the most effective treatments for swelling available. HTH!
 

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You might also want to try massaging your feet/ankles with refrigerated lotion (preferably spearmint, peppermint, or some other "cooling" herb). I also like to elevate my feet and rest them on an ice pack.
 

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Thanks for the tips, I will have to try them out! Of course we are going on a 3 week vacation in a few days and I was happy that I wasn't *too* uncomfortable with this pg yet. I am not looking forward to being in the car for hours now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: .
 

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My feet are swelling too, but I have a question about elevating your feet ... how? If you are supposed to avoid laying on your back, then how do you elevate? I can't imagine it being comfy on my side but I'm going to give it a try. My feet went up a shoe size while I was pregnant with my daughter and never went back, I think the same thing is happening this time too.
 

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Have your dh massage from your feet up to your calves using only upward strokes. Then lay down on your back (which is fine, as long as the baby doesn't seem to flip out about it), and elevate your feet. Sometimes the baby's position can kind of delay blood return from the lower half of your body, so maybe the swelling will lessen when the baby gets in a better position. And if not, tell your dh to get ready for nightly massages. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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