Feet Swelling

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Christine - October 5

I will be 31 weeks tomorrow and have had a little feet swelling throughout pregnancy. But since Monday my feet have been swolen and now my right foot is soooo much bigger than my left foot. My leg throughout this morning has been sort've tingley as if it were asleep. Is anyone else having 1 foot swell bigger than the other (it is def. noticeable) and is your leg tingley. Not sure if something to be that concerned about since swelling is normal. Thanks

 

Heidi - October 5

I had this problem at around 36 wks. My midwife tried putting me on bedrest and to elevate my feet. I did for one day and everything went back to normal so I pa__sed on the bedrest. Ha ha! Just make sure your blood pressure isn't elevated as this could be a sign of preeclampsia. For me it was just a case of swellen feet. My ankles were just huge. I'm almost 38 wks and I still get some swelling but not as bad and my feet and hands are starting to tingle a lot too and get puffy. Make sure you bring this up at your next appt though.Keep your feet elevated when you can and drink a lot of water to flush your system.

 

Christine - October 5

Thanks so much for your reply. I'm trying to keep the feet elevated but hard to do when I always have to get up to pee every 5 min. But thanks again!!

 

tracy - October 5

in my prenatal cla__s last week we discussed b___stfeeding (bear with me here..) and she had said that crumpled up green cabbage leaves placed on your sore & swollen b___sts for about and hour or so will bring the swelling down. She then went on to say that it would work the same way for ankles. She said if you had the time, put some leaves in your socks and put your feet up for a bit, or, if you don't have the time, she suggested just putting the crumpled up leaves in your socks, put your shoes on and go about your day. she said it's definately not s_xy, but she added in a "who needs s_xy these days" :P i think the key to the whole process is getting a good crumple of the leaves (like you're crumpling up paper to put in the bin). it releases all of the enzymes. good luck!

 

Christine - October 5

Tracy - thanks for the info, I'm at work now, but I may try this when I get home, as I can't wear shoes (i'm walking around barefoot) I can wedge my foot into 1 pair of sandles that I have but that's a close fit. I'm willing to try anything at this point - I was thinking when I went to lunch I may try some ice on them - don't know if that helps or not just a thought.

 

Heidi - October 5

Christine - my problem was working. I sit behind a desk all day and she told me that's why she wanted me off work for three days. You really are constricting your blood flow when you sit like I do. Try propping your feet up on something under your desk if you can. Also, try buying some cheap frozen bags of veggies and lay them on your feet when you elevate them. I didn't have to resort to this but my midwife suggested it. I kept my legs elevated for about five hours after work that night and then went to bed and by morning all the swelling was gone. Now off and on it comes back but I just try to prop them up after supper and relax the rest of the night so they don't get so big again. Also the heat and humidity makes mine really swell but now they're talking 40s for tomorrow! I'll be out in sandles! Ha ha!

 

tracy - October 5

i use an overturned garbage can (the small desk-sized kind ...with no garbage in it :P) and i've put a shawl on top so i kick off my shoes and keep my feet/legs up & comfy all day. i haven't had a problem with feet swelling so i just do it because it's so comfortable!

 

Amy - October 10

I'm 36 weeks now. I have had feet swelling on and off for several weeks. I prop my feet up at home all the time! Each time I go to the doctor, I ask about it again to make sure they still believe I am doing fine. My blood pressure is always good, which is very important. If one is swelling so much more than the other, definitely speak with your doctor about it just to make sure he/she is not concerned. From what I understand, if you get sudden swelling in your face...you should contact your doctor. That is one of the signs of pre-eclampsia, too. Unfortunately, the feet swelling is normal for pregnancy. My doctor says that while we think it looks bad, and is very uncomfortable...swelling in and of itself it NOT a danger to you or the baby. So, just prop your feet up every chance you get, cut back on salt and drinks lots and lots of water. Best of luck to you!

 

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