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I looked down this morning and noticed my feet are swollen. They weren't swollen yesterday! Also- I think my hands are swollen too; I've got that "tight" feeling in my skin I sometimes experience in summer when the humidity is higher. So, I googled this and of course "sudden" swelling can be indicative of Pre-eclampsia. I've gone running to my MW about a couple of "Dr. Google" things- the pain in my ribs, a suspected infection- so I'm feeling kind of sheepish. Of course if it gets a bunch worse or the collective voice of my DDC says "Call!," I will, but I wanted to know from other mamas if this more "normal" or should I truly be concerned?
 

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There's such a range of normal, so who knows? But I can tell you that my hands are swollen when I wake up pretty much every morning (haven't noticed anything with my feet), and everything else registers okay/healthy.<br><br>
Have you been having any headaches? Have you been drinking enough water? From your description, I'd try to drink a big glass of water and rest for a bit then see if anything changed. Of course, I can't see how bad it is or tap into your intuition-- I say if you're worried, call!
 

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Swelling happens to a lot of people, and it has to start sometime, so just because it is starting now for you doesn't necessarily mean it's "sudden". Plus, I think pre-e tends to be pretty excessive swelling, rather than just that tight feeling (don't quote me on that).<br><br>
My feet have been swelling since 17 weeks (same as with my first pregnancy), so I'm no help there. But I just noticed this week that my hands are starting to swell at night. They go down after I wake up (and then the foot swelling begins!). I know my BP and urine are fine cause they were just checked this week, so I know it's just regular swelling.<br><br>
My midwife keeps saying swelling is normal as long as BP is normal and no protein in urine...so if you're concerned, it can't hurt to go in for a quick pee and BP check. Or even check your own BP at a drugstore if it will reassure you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Good luck and hope all is well!
 

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i have been having some mild swelling in my hands and feet as well but it comes and goes. it makes my shoes feel tight and my fingers feel clumsy.<br><br>
i do know that our house is very dry and i have not been drinking enough water.<br>
i think part of the reason it comes and goes is because when it starts i remember to drink water and then as it goes i forget.<br><br>
i also sit with my feet up but this doesn't always help. (though it makes for a nice break because my husband watches my son.)
 

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I had this with dd. By the end of the day my feet were like sausages! If I took my shoes off, I had a hard time getting them back on <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">.<br><br>
Yes, it can be a sign of pre-e, but like a pp said, you have to have the high bp too. My bp was borderline, so I bought an auto cuff at the drugstore ($25-35 ... can't remember exactly) and took it every day (at my OB's request). It was always lower at home (white coat syndrome at the doc's), and well below the danger level.<br><br>
So it is possible to have swelling and not have pre-e <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 

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I had some serious swelling the other night. I had eaten Panera tomato soup for lunch. Too salty I guess. I drank lots of water the next day and watched my sodium intake and felt much better.<br><br>
I had pregnancy induced hypertension with my DS. You would know.
 

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<span style="color:#800080;"><b>you should def call your mw, just to ease your mind. I have swelling in my feet and my mw said that if it is decreased when you wake up in the am (after sleeping all night)it's okay, but she did check my urine and bp.</b></span>
 

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the same thing happened to me and my midwife was concerned about pre-e. She said that she has seen some cases recently that don't necessarily follow the typical symptoms. Just to be safe, I would get it checked out!
 

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From my experience most pregnant women experience swelling at some point. I can't remember where I learned this awesome bit of information but it helped loads with my last pregnancy...okay, the swelling is from water retention, right....well, from what I understand if you up your protein intake (not a big fan of this but it works-I think protein is overrated, jmho) then the stuff that needs to get out of your body has something to attach itself to-the protein-and your swelling should go down.<br><br>
I don't know why docs/midwives don't tell pregnant women this. I started drinking protein powder in soy milk daily at about this point last pregnancy and I did not have ANY swelling after.....I haven't had the need to start yet in this pregnancy but I probably start soon anyway, plus it helps when I am feeling hungry at a time of day that I don't want a meal.
 

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I've had my rings off since 21 weeks, and I have some serious cankles by the time I get home from work every day. I had to buy new shoes this weekend because my old ones were just too tight. My bp has been completely normal all the way through, and my m/w says it's just part of pregnancy. Like a pp said, I'm pretty sure pre-e swelling is "severe" and "sudden." Like balloon hands and feet, kwim?<br><br>
It never hurts to put a call in if you're nervous (sometimes it's the only thing that will make me stop worrying)!
 

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Protein and water are SO important but many providers do not even mention them. 80-100 grams of protein and an actual gallon of water (around 100-ish ounces) a day. If I slack (I have to drink/eat more since I have two adorable little parasites) then I swell. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">From my experience most pregnant women experience swelling at some point. I can't remember where I learned this awesome bit of information but it helped loads with my last pregnancy...okay, the swelling is from water retention, right....well, from what I understand if you up your protein intake (not a big fan of this but it works-I think protein is overrated, jmho) then the stuff that needs to get out of your body has something to attach itself to-the protein-and your swelling should go down.<br><br>
I don't know why docs/midwives don't tell pregnant women this. I started drinking protein powder in soy milk daily at about this point last pregnancy and I did not have ANY swelling after.....I haven't had the need to start yet in this pregnancy but I probably start soon anyway, plus it helps when I am feeling hungry at a time of day that I don't want a meal.</div>
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Sort of... protein digestion requires lots of water, so that is why eating protein can bring down the excess fluid swelling.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">..okay, the swelling is from water retention, right....well, from what I understand if you up your protein intake (not a big fan of this but it works-I think protein is overrated, jmho) then the stuff that needs to get out of your body has something to attach itself to-the protein-and your swelling should go down.<br></div>
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Wow. I didn't know that.<br><br>
Thanks for all the stories and advice. I realized yesterday that I had been sitting down more than usual. When I noticed the swelling I was sitting on the toilet seat while my daughter was in the bath. I wrote my midwife an e-mail, but later that afternoon it seemed like the swelling had gone down. I'm definitely watching for it and will try to increase my protein and water intake. Kind of hard when all I want to eat is Honey Nut Cheerios and bananas!
 
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