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Aggiegirl06's picture
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Swelling

Anyone else's feet swelling? I didn't notice anything until Friday night and my legs looked like tree stumps! My SIL was over and asked if something bit me or if I feel because my left ankle was so big.

I've been on bed rest for 12 weeks now so I know it's not because I'm on my feet all day. And I'm drinking lots of water, so I guess this is just inevitable? Anyone have any tips?

MrsDisel's picture
Joined: 11/06/05
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Refresh my memory....why are you on bedrest? How's your blood pressure been lately?

SunDevil28's picture
Joined: 04/30/07
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And how have you been measuring? I had significant swelling when I had too much amniotic fluid last time, and I started measuring 4 weeks ahead at 28 weeks.

Aggiegirl06's picture
Joined: 03/31/09
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I had a cerclage put in at 20 weeks for an IC and then went into PTL at 22 weeks, 24 weeks and again last week. My BP has been normal the entire time and she monitors me closely since my medication to slow my contractions also lowers your BP.

I have been measuring ahead since receiving steroid shots. I'll be sure to ask her about it at my appointment on Wednesday. What does it mean to have too much amniotic fluid? Can they do anything to help with that?

Joined: 01/08/10
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I get the swelling but it's from the warmer weather. I have already had to take off my wedding rings because of the heat and it hasn't even hit 90 yet. Luckily the hottest part and 100s shouldnt hit until after baby comes.

SunDevil28's picture
Joined: 04/30/07
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Yeah, I agree, it has just gotten warm here and consequently my rings are off!

I don't really know how the excess amniotic fluid thing works, because I only got diagnosed the night before my water broke, so I don't know how they would have managed it. But a friend tells me that it's not just one big measurement that is cause for worry, it takes a patter, and even then there are several reasons.

I saw that EveC on this board is struggling with that, so I hope that everyone is doing ok with their swelling, at all different levels.

JDBabyHopes's picture
Joined: 02/16/09
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:lurk:

I was on bedrest from 31 weeks on with my first, and I had some definite swelling towards the last few weeks (had him at 36 weeks). I think too much activity along with NOT enough activity can trigger it. I think with being on bedrest and fairly immobile, you're not getting the circulation you need to get rid of the fluid. I'd say you're probably fine (when you press on the swelling, does your skin bounce back or stay indented with your fingerprint?), and it's just a matter of poor circulation and the fact that your growing uterus is pressing on veins, which slows things down even more.

As for tips, drink more! More, more, more! Hydrating a TON helps, but beyond that, I don't think there is a whole heck of a lot you can do until baby is here! GL!

carissar's picture
Joined: 06/22/07
Posts: 212

I just started swelling too, I think it is just the warm weather. I don't think there is any concern unless you are gaining a lot of weight (water) and the swelling is severe, or you are having like extreme pitting, (meaning you can push the swollen area and it has an indent for a while). I agree though it is no fun. I feel like my legs look like the fat lady from the circus' legs...Yeah that is sexy Wink

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