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Old Jun 23rd, 2009, 16:57 PM   1
jess_smurf
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help feet and leg swollen huge and painful


I know you get water retention later on but my god they are huge sore tight and have never been this big

what should I do??

am scared
had mw appt today and bp 110/70 and urine clear



 
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Old Jun 23rd, 2009, 17:03 PM   2
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so long as its just your feet and legs its ok - its the gravity and pressure so you need to raise your legs so they are higher than your knees and hips to help the fluid drain back (i do this every night now and sit with my feet up on the birthing ball as its higher than my couch)

also in bed i prop my feet up with cushions so they're higher...come morning i wake up and they look mostly normal again...then i repeat it in the evening cos they swell during the day

massage lotion into your legs as if they swell suddenly you may develop stretchmarks, particularly on thighs and backs of knees (i know a few peeps this has happened to)

its if you get sudden swelling in your face and/or hands that you need to seek medical help as it could be pre-eclampsia, but swelling in feet and legs is common

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Old Jun 23rd, 2009, 17:04 PM   3
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It's due to the heat. Get your legs up on some pillows, uncrossed and don't worry, they should go down by tomorrow.

A nice soak in some salt water can help too (and it feels nice).



 
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Old Jun 23rd, 2009, 17:09 PM   4
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ooh was so scared i get swelling but this is quite shocking

got me feet on coffee table which is higher than hips should i give it an hour or 2 to see if swelling goes

this just doesnt feel normal



 
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Old Jun 23rd, 2009, 17:26 PM   5
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now my hands have started to swell got dimples for knuckles



 
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Old Jun 23rd, 2009, 17:30 PM   6
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hmmm...it'll take more than an hour or two for swelling to go down - it'll take a good few hours i'm afraid

for your hands try putting them in cool (but not cold water) and see if it helps

if you're concerned though, you should go up A&E to be checked

if you have itching, headaches or blurred vision as well then you definately need urgent medical advice

you should be fine - its most likely just heat and poor circulation, but better safe than sorry



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got itching and just getting blurred vision

itching will be due to heat rash



 
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I can relate. I found swimming to help a bit.
I'm posting my pics in a sec in a new thread...



 
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Old Jun 24th, 2009, 03:27 AM   9
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itching isn't necessarily heat rash... itching in pregnancy particularly in third tri is often linked to pre-eclampsia, so if occurs alongside the other symptoms i mentioned which you say you're also getting then you need to get your ass to the midwife or hospital missy!



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