feet issues again:/

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feet issues again:/

so since my last post about my feet, simply need to report coming home from work last night and waking up this morning...i realized my feet look like cankles, and from where i wore socks, i had major swelling. my legs looked puffy as can be after i took my socks off.

going to see how my doc feels about this since i came home last night, took it easy, woke up and noticed i am still swollen. the last two days at work i tried to be extra careful too and took periodic breaks....but when i came home last night i couldn't get straight to sleep because my legs and feet ached so bad. i'm drinking the water i should, and been trying to do what i can. know what my doc will probably say. hoping & praying my docs appointment will go well today. will keep ya'll updated.

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i've been super super swollen since about 35 weeks - mainly in my feet, ankles, and shins. to the point where i'm bruising under the swelling from all of the pressure. unfortunately, there isn't really a whole lot you can do about it. i was told to drink more water than i had been drinking (which might have turned me into a fish - we're looking into it), spend all of my down time lying on my left side, and stay away from salty foods. oh, and not to sit for prolongued periods of time as having your feet be the lowest point on your body can increase the swelling.

they'll check to make sure your BP is fine and that you aren't passing proteins, but as long as you aren't showing signs of pre-e, my midwives say there isn't much that they can do. some women are just "swellers".

i'm sorry you're having to deal with this. it really sucks.

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Are you getting plenty of fluids, especially water? Stay hydrated and rest as much as possible.

I've had minor swelling lately that stays all the time; it's getting hot here though (in 90's) so I blame the heat!

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I'm sorry you are swelling.

Make certain that you are getting enough protein in your diet (my goal is typically 80-100 g of protein a day....which is no easy feat!) My MW makes sure at each appointment that I'm getting enough protein-- most pregnant women do not and it is a big cause of swelling and pre-e.

There are also other theories on salt. We know pregnant women NEED salt to support the increased blood volume. Here is a link that might be of interest to you:
http://www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/id35.html

The other thought is that some women just swell. Kind of like your body's way of prepping for labor and birth by creating its own fluid storage system.....

Hope you feel better soon!

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They have those special stockings to help control swelling...but in summer....it will be SUPER HOT!! I know a couple of ladies who could not wear any shoes by the end of their pg they were sooo swollen! HOpe it gets better!

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at the docs now...bp good, urine good, measuring just right. so their assumption, water retention? i figured theyd say that. gained 3 lbs since my last visit...also says health, weight and what not, am one of their model patients. hethy as can be.

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I've been swelling in my feet and ankles lately, too. Like Rebecca, I'm blaming it on the heat and humidity. I swelled at the end with my DS, too. I think I am just one of those puffy people! I get like that when it gets warm even when I'm not pregnant (moreso in my hands then, but still, I am prone to puff ;)). I do know a friend of mine who had pre-e said the big difference between "normal" and "abnormal" swelling is if you poke the swelling, does your fingerprint go away? If the indentation of your finger stays, that's no good. But if the skin bounces right back, that's most likely normal (like PP said, as long as you aren't spilling protein or have high BP).

It sucks! And your job doesn't help, either, unfortunately. But, I was on bedrest with DS when I swelled up, so not enough activity can do the same thing. So! Yeah, not too much you can do about it. In the last day or two, I've been waking up and my feet/ankles look fine, but within an hour or two, they're swelling again, whereas before it wasn't until dinnertime or so I'd notice the swelling. So yeah, it's just one of those lovely end of pregnancy symptoms! Hope you can find a solution!

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ya it's very very odd...all the suggestions i feel like i'm ok with. i drink water like crazy. it's already hot as sin here in wv. i know i drink a good 32 oz at least at work and at home probably 2 to 3 decent size cups. pop intake is 1 mt dew a day. think i'm good there. protein wise i'd say here lately has been better. this kiddo craves beef jerky, and good hearty steaks. and when i do work i wear the knee high socks, so i dunno. i'm at a loss, i think my best bet is to take today off like i planned, when i go back, slow it down and monitor the bp. they said my bp was fine today but 106/58 seems a lil skeptical to me. at least the bottom number does.

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"boilermaker" wrote:

I'm sorry you are swelling.

Make certain that you are getting enough protein in your diet (my goal is typically 80-100 g of protein a day....which is no easy feat!) My MW makes sure at each appointment that I'm getting enough protein-- most pregnant women do not and it is a big cause of swelling and pre-e.

There are also other theories on salt. We know pregnant women NEED salt to support the increased blood volume. Here is a link that might be of interest to you:
http://www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/id35.html

The other thought is that some women just swell. Kind of like your body's way of prepping for labor and birth by creating its own fluid storage system.....

Hope you feel better soon!

thank you...you always post great info:D one of the great things about wv, is they offer wic services which i dunno if you ever heard of it but is such an awesome program. what it is, is for lower income families they offer help with providing before and after the fact nutritional help for mothers and children with like milk, fruit, protein, and diet stuff. so right now, being i finally qualified a month ago they provide me with food vouchers for milk, fruit, bread, cheese and peanut butter. now after i have the baby they will continue this if i am sucessful at bf'ing...if not they provide formula and whatnot for my lo up to 2 years of age.

they actually help monitor my diet, check my iron, and had a few classes to prep for whats to come at no cost to me so whenever i found out i was eligible, i took advantage of this right away. too bad though i did not qualify until so late though...would have been awesome to taken a few extra classes they offer.

below i will copy a site of what i'm talking about...
http://ons.wvdhhr.org/AboutWIC/WomenInfantsandChildrensProgram/tabid/1141/Default.aspx