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Old 06-12-2012, 06:15 PM   #11
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Re: swelling during pregnancy

I second compression stockings. Also, elevating your feet as much as possible during the day (and at night after the kids go to bed) will help. Dont' restrict your salt, but eat it within reason. Danger signs include redness, tenderness, a hot spot, etc. Swelling isn't even a criteria for pre-e anymore, it's really just so common in pregnancy. I know it's miserable, though!

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Mine always swelled equally, but my neighbor had one huge leg and one normal leg - she looked rather silly, but her midwife assured her that it was just like that because baby was compressing the circulation on just on just that one side.
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I second compression stockings. Also, elevating your feet as much as possible during the day (and at night after the kids go to bed) will help. Dont' restrict your salt, but eat it within reason. Danger signs include redness, tenderness, a hot spot, etc. Swelling isn't even a criteria for pre-e anymore, it's really just so common in pregnancy. I know it's miserable, though!
I have always been a bad sweller starts around 12 weeks for me..and never had pre-e issues...GD and Hypertension but no pre-e thank goodness. my doctor always tells me to try to avoid salt but i also read somewhere that cutting salt can also cause swelling?
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Eat a reasonable amount of sodium. Don't eat too much sodium, but don't go on a low sodium diet, either. Your body needs sodium when you are pregnant.
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Is there a point when swelling is so bad that it is a problem?
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Is there a point when swelling is so bad that it is a problem?
I don't know about medically, but I swelled so badly with my second set of twins that I was in major pain.

OP - With my second twin pregnancy, I didn't swell in the typical way. I had a TON of swelling in my lower belly. It caused my old stretch marks to swell up and look really funny. My 4 year old (at the time) told me they looked like worms. He was right. I was told it just depended on where the baby (ies) was and what they were blocking....sort of. Anyway, I swelled so much that I lost 50lbs in 10 days after I delivered. That was actually 5lbs more than I'd gained! It was really nuts the amount of swelling I had and it was very painful. Sorry you are having some strange swelling also.
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thanks! they really only swell bad in the evening time before bed..probably becuase i have NEVER taken the time out of my day to put my feet up...they are always on the ground and never elavated untill bedtime..thats probably most of the cause
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Is there a point when swelling is so bad that it is a problem?
If your blood pressure is fine and you aren't having any other complications, then not really. +3 pitting edema is pretty normal at the end of pregnancy, especially after you've been on your feet all day.
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If your blood pressure is fine and you aren't having any other complications, then not really. +3 pitting edema is pretty normal at the end of pregnancy, especially after you've been on your feet all day.
Good to know. Hopefully I have days left!
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