help with swelling

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    help with swelling

    My pregnancy so far has been great- some nausea and sleepiness in the first trimester- but I have glided through my second. Today is the 30 week mark.

    However, yesterday, my feet and ankles started swelling. I have had kind of a long week, stand and sit a lot at work, and wound up walking in the heat yesterday. However, I slept on my left side, thinking it would get better... no such luck.

    They aren't obscene (my shoes still fit), but they feel all tingly when I walk on them. I am trying to work with my feet elevated, but spend a lot of my time typing, which makes it a little hard to do (my footstool has to compete with my keyboard tray, etc.)  Aside from drinking a lot of water, has anyone else found anything that works?

    ps. those shrek ads are driving me buggy- I had to try to post this like 6 times…
     
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    Re: help with swelling

    I don't have any real suggestions beyond what you are doing, but hopefully someone else does. I just wanted to say I'm having the same problem (26 weeks).

    For now, I elevate my feet when I am at home, take a walk to work, at lunch time and back to the train at the end of the day, keep my feet up on a box under my desk (stretched out) and drink about 120 oz. of water a day. I heard a soak in Epsom salts can help, but I haven't tried it yet. This will be something to discuss with my doctor next week.
     
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    Congrats on hitting the 30 week mark! It's so exciting isn't it?!

    Unfortunately, in my experience there was nothing that aleviated the swelling besides compression tights.  I tried everything; drinking obsene amounts of water, cutting sodium, elevating my feet at work etc.  Aboslutely nothing helped.  It was so bad that in the mornings I would get up with normal ankles and go into the bathroom to get ready for work and after my shower the tree trunks had reemerged. Not pretty or comfortable!

    As unappealing as compression tights sound, they really really helped me. I fought my OB tooth and nail till she gave me an ultimatum that I wear the tights or I go on modified bedrest; I took the tights because I had zero interest in lying in bed for 8-10 weeks! Honestly they're not that terrible.  I have knee highs that have an open toe so I can still wear sandals when it's hot.

    It sounds like your swelling isn't as bad as mine so I would suggest to keep up what your doing and get lots and lots of rest. Talk to your OB/nurse because sometimes because you never know if it's just fluid or something else.  Ask your hubbs for daily foot and calf rubs and have him "push" the fluid up your leg. I've been going for prenatal massage twice a month and that's what the massage therapist said to do. The stimulation will absolutely help with the stiffness and tingly feeling.

    Good luck!
     
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    Winter-

    I've had problems with my feet swelling since my second trimester.  It also hasn't gotten to the point of needing new shoes but there have been days when I've driven home barefoot.  Its the only major side effect that I've had so I consider myself lucky.  (I'm in my 32nd week).  I spend most of my days alternating between sitting and standing and similar to you, I spend alot of time on the computer.

    I've found that exercise helps to decrease and sometimes eliminate the swelling.  Especially if its something cardio related: spinning, zumba, walking for more than 30 minutes.  Sleeping on my left side helps but its more effective if I sleep with a pillow between my legs.  I've also heard that swimming is great, but I haven't tried that.  I typically drink alot of water so I can't really tell if that has helped but I heard that it does.  I also try to limit my sodium consumption by staying away from prepackaged meals and limiting eating out.  (My first bout of swelling started after having a salty meal at a restaurant).   Its definately worsens with the heat or if I"ve been either sitting or standing for long periods of time.  HTH. 
     
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    Coffee Queen - Do you get really hot in the compression tights? I just can't imagine wearing them all summer. Even if they helped with the swelling, the heat would kill me.
     
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    ml - honestly they're not as bad as I thought they were going to be.  The relief they provide during the work day outways any discomfort from overheating (I also have a little fan under my desk at work so that helps too!). The guy at the prostetics office that did my fitting said that they were a medium compression so there was a decent amount of rubber but that they would still be breathable. I'm due June 29th and if I had to wear them through July and August I would probably cry!

    There are all sorts of types; thigh highs, full out maternity hose types, knee high with a closed toe etc.  I opted for what looked the least fussy and have found that the biggest annoyance has been having to have my fiance put them on and take them off.  LOL, haha. :)
     
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    Compression stockings or hose that offer even light compression/support - as ones offered at various maternity stores do - are brilliant for swelling if nothing else seems to work. I actually had problems with one of my legs swelling pre pregnancy and found stockings with compression/support to be a true savior. It helps the blood vessels work more efficiently in getting all the water that tends to get trapped out. The stockings you'd buy at a maternity store are no more heavy than regular stockings really, they aren't the heavy duty deals if you're worried about the heaviness.

    Now if they made something to get the swelling out of my hands I'd be thrilled ;) 36 weeks 4 days here and this hand swelling business is already getting old!
     
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    Totally echo the comment about exercise.  This is my second pregnancy and I never got any swelling with the first but I was a regular exerciser (4-5 times a week at the gym) whether I was doing some cardio on a machine or swimming in the pool.  I think that swimming was certainly the best.  Good luck!
     
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    I'll echo that swimming really helps if you can get to a pool.  It was the ONLY thing that helped me.  My feet swelled pretty bad, bad enough that my shoes wouldn't fit anymore -- I had to wear sandle type shoes where I could control the tightness on the top of my feet.  I was hoping my feet would get bigger because I have TINY feet and I've heard people say they had to go up a half size, but no such luck, my feet grew taller ( ie, fatter from top to bottom).
     
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    thanks for the ideas... I am now growing out of some of my early maternity stuff and have to hit the stores again- I will try getting some of the hose. I wore a full pair this weekend and was about suicidal after they rolled down for the 30th time (really- they should come with suspenders- why would anything elastic balance mid baby belly???), but I think I could handle some knee highs (I did make it through a college graduation standing the whole time with no swelling at all, so maybe the hose are a cure.)

    I park in satellite parking and usually get at least a 1.5 mile walk in which is the limit of exercise I have been putting in (with the exception of yard work each weekend). I don't really have access to a pool, but can try walking after dinner to get some more exercise in.

    As an aside, over the past few days, there has also been a change in my little bean's movement patterns- they feel somewhat rougher. I am not sure how else to describe it.  I have been feeling him shift, punch, kick, stretch for a while... especially after meals, but now it is starting to feel like he is in there doing aerobics or something- it literally felt like he was climbing up my small intestines yesterday. I understand that he isn't... but seriously, I was waiting for a kidney to detach or something. He is also moving more throughout the day... or maybe I am just getting more tired and noticing stuff more??  I can’t help but associate it with the swelling, but am one of those slightly paranoid types that always wonders if something is going wrong.

     
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    winter if you are interested in swimming and you have a hotel that has a pool that is easily accessible call them and ask about a pool pass.  I know that there is one hotel near where I work in Bedford, MA that will sell a swimming pass to the hotel pool, a coworker used to go on his lunch break.
     
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    Winter,

    I believe that the increase in your noticing in your LO's movement simply means that the bean is getting bigger and stronger.  I definately feel the kicks and rolls more than in the past but I expected as much since the baby seems to be growing at a faster rate than I am.  I literally had a kick the other day at work that made me double over...simply because the strength surprised me.  I really don't think its anything to worry about but again, it wouldn't hurt to ask your doctor.

     
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    thanks nene-
    it actually seems a bit better this week- back to "normal strength" although in a completely different position. Both Thursday and Friday were very strong days...I am actually wondering if he was turning a bit early (like to go head down) because now I feel his normal kicks in different spots. How I wish i had an ultrasound machine at my house :)
     
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    i am having a similar puffy ankle/feet problem, even though i'm only just shy of 16 weeks PG - not a good sign!  can you buy compression stockings at a normal retail store/online, or do you need to go to a doctor/specialist?  any brand suggestions thx!

     
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    Stefani, aren't you having twins?  It makes sense that you might be swelling earlier -- you tend to hit those kind of milestones sooner with twins. 

    I'd talk to your MD first -- they might want to check your BP or something, just to be safe.  and I thinkI (don't quote me here) that you could maybe get a "prescription" for these tights, and your health insurance would cover it.  My SIL was an early sweller and she just e-mailed all this to me yesterday, as I'd e-mailed her for advice.  I closed with, "Don't even mention compression tights or I am never speaking to you again," and she replied, "Well, I guess this is goodbye...." and then gave me all the details. 


    I'd posted in the updates thread that I'm having good luck with water consumption, work-outs, and "clean eating" (low sodium, lots of fruits and veggies) but as I'm pretty sure you're carrying twins, I'd check with your OB on all of the above, just to be safe. 


    The heat is NOT helping, though, I can tell you that!!!

     
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    GC, the heat is brutal and not helping with the swelling at all! 

    To the OP and Stefani: I should have included in my inital response that I had a perscription for my tights.  I didn't have to pay a cent BUT I did have to go to a special prothetics place to be fitted.  That part was sort of annoying because their hours were weird and I had to go first thing in the morning and was consequently late for work. I feel like I'm missing enough these days with weekly doctor appointments, day care tours, car seat installations...etc. :)
     
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    IPW, I swell more on my right side than my left - hand and ankle (what ankle?). My doctor said it was fine and common, not something to worry about.

    I'm curious though, my placenta is on the right side of my body. I wonder if that is a coincidence?

    I hadn't heard it was going to be so hot this weekend :( I guess I'm going to be spending some time shopping to get out of the heat!
     
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    I agree with Newton.  For many PG women, swelling is a typical part of the pregnancy.  When I brought this up to my ob/gyn before her reply was that I was swelling because it was summer and I was pregnant.  I reallly think the only time to become really concerned is when you notice swelling in your feet, hands, and face.  That combined with other factors may signal something more serious. 

    IPW-I notice more swelling on my right foot than my left.  I don't know why that its...my placenta is on the left side.
     
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    IPW, while I'm sure it's nothing, as previous posters mentioned, I don't see the harm in placing a quick call to your OB's office.  They're still there, and wouldn't you feel better? 


    What swelling I had was pretty much even on both sides, so I'm no help there. 

     
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    my doc said to eat bananas to help with swelling.
     
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    In addition to the suggestions of exercise and water intake, I would like to add that pre-natal massage can be helpful with swelling.  Many OBs/midwives can recommend someone with training in this type of massage.  

    Best of luck! 
     
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    Bananas help because potassium is an antagonist to sodium.  So, if you're not keen on bananas, potatoes are a good option, too...if you don't put salt or salted butter on them, of course.  Or, any natural source of potassium will do just as well.
     
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    Ugh, that swelling is the worst! My ob recommended making ice packs with I think 2 parts water/1 part rubbing alcohol. When frozen, it's still mushy and malleable, so you can wrap around your feet as you elevate them. I don't know why not use a regular cold pack (not as malleable, I guess), but I did it and it helped make me feel more comfortable.
     
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    ipw - did you call?  i called when my left foot/ankle swelled up like a balloon and the right one was totally normal, and the nurse said not to worry, it was likely due to the excessive heat and from walking a lot.  she suggested elevating it, drinking so much water that the ur*ne is clear, and wearing compression stockings (but then my dr. told me compression stockings were for the birds and didn't do jack - but i'm still wearing them!).  re: the left or right foot swelling, when my left foot swelled up i went online and it looked like right foot swelling can be because of some major artery on the right side of your body - that's why you're not suposed to sleep on your right side i think? - not sure and obvi foggy on the details!  i hadn't had swelling since then until yesterday, when i spent about 4 hours standing and cooking in our kitchen - so maybe it's standing on your feet for long periods, and the hot weather doesn't help.  oh, i also sleep with my feet on a pillow which seems to "drain" them overnight.  joy!
     

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