T.H. asks from Supply, NC on February 06, 2007
Question About Pregnancy Feet
I am 20 weeks pregnant with my 2nd son and for the past 3 weeks my feet have been really swollen and hurt. This usually only happens in the mornings and lasts for about an hour and a half. This didn't happen at all during my first pregnancy. My doctor says to stay off my feet as much, but with the work I do, that's not possible. Does anyone have any ideas or good remidies?
So What Happened?™
I want to thank all of you for replying. I apologize for not getting on sooner. My feet are still hurting but not so much. When they really hurt I've tried soaking them with this stuff I got at wal-mart. It's a soak as well as a scrub and after you're done soaking and scrubbing, they give you a lotion to put on your feet. It really helps before bedtime and the lotion smells great!! Thanks again!!
S.G. answers from Savannah on February 06, 2007
First off, Congrats on the baby boy!!!
I got swollen towards the end of my last pregnancy and my DR recomend support stockings. Or TED hose (diabetics wear them for circulation), the look like hell but the do work. You could also just try wearing a pair of knee highs to see if that helps. Put them on in the morning right when you get out of bed and just wear them for a few hours. Hope that helps!!
Oh, forgot to add that you might want to drink more water too. It helps for some and makes it worse for others. I know, like you aren't going to the bathroom enough right!
H.S. answers from Greensboro on February 06, 2007
Drink lots of water!! I know it seems like that would make it worse, since you are retaining fluid....but it really does help to flush out your system and get things circulating better. I feel for you- swollen feet and "cankles" were the worst!!
M.H. answers from Norfolk on February 07, 2007
hi, my first preganancy my feet and ankles did the same thing. try to avoid salt, mine was also due to the fact it was summer time the only thing i can advise is find a good cooling foot rub or if they itch aveno make a lotion that cools a relieves itching
S.J. answers from Wilmington on February 07, 2007
Like the others said... more water and prop your feet. Do you have high blood-pressure? If you do you might talk to your doctor about pre-eclampsia. The two biggest symptoms are swelling and high blood pressure. It can be a big problem... make you go on bed rest or cause the baby to deliver early. A friend of mine had pre-eclampsia and had some pretty major complications, but its usually caught by a doctor. (My friend didn't receive proper prenatal care, that's why it got as serious as it did.)
Good luck! And have fun with the boys!
T.T. answers from Norfolk on February 07, 2007
Yes, wear those ballarina slippers (they were great for me), and keep your feet elevated as much as possible, especially at night. I had the worst swollen feet when I was pregnant, my husband used to call me "Hobbit Feet"! And I would say twice a month, get to a pedicure, when I told my nail tech my problems with my feet, she would just massage feet and legs and the swelling would be gone. So from then on, I went out, bought my own foot soaker, and made my husband do my feet every night. That was the least he could do, he wasn't carrying around an extra person and running a household, while holding down a fulltime job.
L.M. answers from Charleston on February 06, 2007
Prop up your feet when sleeping. Try to put them higher than your heart - couple of pillows should do the trick. If you are at a desk during the day at all, make sure you put something under the desk to prop your feet up with. Make sure that you let your employer know. Maybe they can make extra accomodations to allow you to sit for more of your job. They would certainly be happier with the idea of you sitting and working than being put on bed rest and not being able to work at all.
V.P. answers from Spartanburg on February 07, 2007
Try your best to let your employers know that you need to get off your feet as much as possible. Although I sat through pretty much most of my pregnany, the doc said that I needed a small stool under my desk to actually take all pressure off my feet. Also stress to your significant other that you have got to get off your feet as much as possible.
L.C. answers from Jacksonville on February 08, 2007
i too had this problem my entire pregnancy....i went from a size 7 shoe to a ten because my feet were so fat...i was on my feet 6 days a week 12-15 hours a day managing a country club i would sleep with my feet propped on pillows piled with ice packs but it is only a temporary fix my dr said to drink nothing but water and absolutely no salt and no stockings or heels this worked but still feet were somewhat swollen...not everyone has the time to sit around with feet up but i did try that for 2 whole days i stayed in bed...it did not work sorry