Still got elephant feet a week after giving birth!

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I had dc3 by EMCS last Sunday and my feet and ankles are still very very swollen. I remember being g quite shocked by it for a few days after dc1 but can't remember it taking this long? Have put on note weight thus time and box running around after 3 dc I don't sit down much having 5 mins with them up on a chair like I did when pregnant! Never had c section before do not sure if to do with that? No where else us swollen (fat fingers/face all gone now) I can't wear sandals in this weather with trottersfeet like this??!!

SizzleSazz Sun 05-May-13 20:32:00

Mine were like this and the doctor insisted on coming out for a visit shock. Please do report it to your MW/HV - I can't for the life of me remember why it was deemed serious, but it was

Good luck and sorry to not be more help blush

atrcts Sun 05-May-13 20:33:29

My first birth had me very swollen for 6-8 weeks before birth; ankles, legs, even lower abdomen. It was all "pitting oedema", so left huge indentations when I pressed my fingers down.

I expected it to go down very quickly but sad to say it took about 2-3 months to completely go! I had developed SPD post forceps delivery and so wasn't all that mobile which probably didn't help.

No one was worried about it, and my legs did return to normal in the end. Good luck and hope its quick for you!

HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm Sun 05-May-13 20:37:35

I'm 10 days following normal delivery and still have swollen feet. Can't wear old shoes but very definitely loads less swollen than they were.

If there's no improvement compared to when you had your baby then please see a doctor. You're at risk of DVT and should be checked over.

Hope they shrink soon!

I have been wearing my most attractive surgical stockings until fri just too hot. was hoping they would have gone down a bit as have been doing fair amount of walking )school run just over mile each way) since Thursday to encourage everything to get moving though bit slow. Thanks ladies grin

I remember my feet and ankles swelling really badly a few days after the birth. It was being up and about that made the swelling worse for me. The worst of it had gone down within a week or so.

SneezySnatcher Sun 05-May-13 23:50:55

I didn't have swelling in either pregnancy. However, with DC2 (now 22 days old) my feet swelled after my emergency section. They took about a week to go down, which shocked me as I'd not been swollen beforehand.

I assumed it was a combination of fluids during surgery and lack of mobility.

It's strange as I'd not gained much weight so I had reasonably slim legs and then huge feet!

lakeofshiningwaters Mon 06-May-13 11:32:42

I remember the elephant legs well! Stomping out of hospital in DH's size 14 trainers - very attractive.

More helpfully, though I've never read this anywhere, 2 different midwives told me to get my bloods done as anecdotally, they said swollen legs often seems to equal low iron levels. In my case it was true both times (one vb, one cs). They also said, where you can, lie out flat instead of sitting.

Hope they go down soon.

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