Swelling

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Swelling

What do you do for it?

My DH is totally freaked out that I have some swelling and he is ultra paranoid and it is driving me crazy so I need to find a way to reduce it at least some. I have been walking every hour for about 5 minutes, rotating my feet in circles, swimming and elevating when at home. He literally wants me to sit on the sofa with my feet up whenever I am home and there is stuff to do so I cannot (recall we just moved and I am not a sitter anyway). My moms (yes, there are 3) tell me to enjoy it but it is driving me mad.

Thanks for any ideas!

Jessica.'s picture
Joined: 02/02/09
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Drink lots of water, limit salt intake, don't wear tight clothes, elevate when you can. Not much else you can do. I have edema and I try all those things, still swell, my body holds water. Uncomfortable, but temporary. Unless you have other pre eclampsia symptoms, I wouldn't worry. Just think your dh means well......:rolleyes:

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Walking is the best thing you can do...even better than elevating. When you walk, the muscles in your legs increase the blood return in your veins, and that will help return some of the fluid back into circulation.

Make sure to mention it to your MW or OB at your next appointment though, and if you start getting headaches, I'd call.

Joined: 03/06/09
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"joysiloo" wrote:

Walking is the best thing you can do...even better than elevating. When you walk, the muscles in your legs increase the blood return in your veins, and that will help return some of the fluid back into circulation.

Make sure to mention it to your MW or OB at your next appointment though, and if you start getting headaches, I'd call.

Ditto. Walking is the only thing that helps me. Don't stand around in one place. Staying cool is a must. My feet are so puffy they are shiny tonight (sat outside too long in the heat!).
Hope it gets better. Some people are truly more prone to it than others.

KerriWeasel's picture
Joined: 01/28/10
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I have lympedemia, so swelling is an old friend of mine. Unfortunetly for me, walking does not help keep the swelling down, in fact it gets worse. My feet usually are 2 t 3 times they normally are. I usually watch my salt, compression wrap, use compression stalkings and a certain boot made for lympehedia patients.

What does help is a good leg and foot massage to get the fluid moving and to actually walk around in a pool.

Good luck to you. It sucks. At least its all worth it in the end.

Joined: 12/21/10
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Thus far I do not mind it but DH is sure freaked out so I just want to reduce it to calm his nerves.

Thanks for all the great suggestions and they will begin ASAP.

isuche02's picture
Joined: 10/08/08
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Some people just swell more than others.

I unfortantely am one of those who swell a lot.

What makes the swelling worse for me is heat, on my feet too much, not enough water, and too much salt.

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Joined: 05/22/07
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*knock on wood* I've not had any swelling really with this pg even with the high heat we've been having. But I agree with PP, walking, limit salt, increase water etc.

I'm so sorry ladies that you're dealing with swelling. I know how uncomfortable it can be. I had horrible swelling after I had DS due o all the fluids they pumped in to me. Hopefully it won't be as bad this time around.

nmc
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So far this time I haven't had much swelling but it isn't hot here. With DD I had a lot of swelling in my feet and ankles the last month and it hurt. I used to put my feet up with ice packs on them to help reduce the swelling. It didn't always take the swelling completely away but it did help them feel better. I'm hoping it stays fairly cool through the summer.