Mothering Forum banner

1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,633 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I'm 40wks, 3days and I have had swelling in my hands and feet since at least 20 something weeks...but the swelling in my feet/ankles is so much now I can hardly fit into flip flops and my feet hurt and I can hardly move my toes or ankles... My BP has been normal so I am not worried but just looking for some ideas to reduce swelling so I can be more comfortable (I know that is probaly a crazy idea <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)<br><br>
Thanks for any sugestiions!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,446 Posts
If you have a pool or access to one, I've heard that immersing yourself daily can help reduce swelling (and help your body eliminate extra fluids).<br><br>
My bathtub is too small for me, or I'd try it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
39 Posts
Things I have heard help:<br><br>
Alfalfa<br>
Dandelion Root<br><br>
I have been swimming lately and it has really helped me a TON! I'm a firm believer in the the swimming to help with swelling, I even notice a huge difference right after I'm done.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,633 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
I am taking dandilion root for itching, had not thought of swimming (which is prety funny because I work fulltime supervising lifeguards at a pool and was on a swim team last year - just for conditioning)...thanks for the suggestion - I am going to swim next week!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> and my belly is also to big for my bathtub as I found out when trying to take an oatmeal bath a month or so ago (all I did was clog up our drain so bad we had to call plumber - and the oatmeal water didn't even cover my belly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
258 Posts
I hadn't heard about swimming either. Thanks, I looked down at my feet today and was tempted to paint them green and have Shrek feet. They look huge.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,942 Posts
Eating cucumbers (like, 2 or 3 a day) helped me when I was near delivery. I carried a lot of water weight for the last few weeks and this helped a bit. Good luck!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,633 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>kalimay</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/7982377"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">I hadn't heard about swimming either. Thanks, I looked down at my feet today and was tempted to paint them green and have Shrek feet. They look huge.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,222 Posts
Don't forget to eat some salt. Salt plays a huge role in keeping your body fluids, specifically blood fluids, in balance. I'm not talking about eating tons, just some salty snacks and salting your food to taste.<br><br>
Are you eating enough protein everyday? That helps too.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,707 Posts
It wasn't until this pg that I realized that pressure helps reduce swelling. I broke...well fractured...a bone in my foot at the start this time. I had major swelling in both feet and ankles last time, but I am really only swelling in the former broken foot now. On days when my foot gets really swollen, I either put on my super supportive tennis shoes (even when just at home), or I put my boot/cast back on. This has worked every time so far. I really think it is a lack of really supportive shoes (I seriously thought my Clarkes were supportive last time) that causes a lot of the swelling during pg. At least...that is what my foot doctor said, and I am finding that it is pretty true.
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top