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Big fat elephant feet - got any tips?

(8 Posts)
theborrower Tue 17-Jun-14 11:53:34

I'm 37+4 and my feet are swollen, it started about a week or so ago. Today they look like big fat elephant feet (ok, slight exaggeration, but that's what I feel like), even my normally super comfy merrell sandals are tight.

Any tips for reducing swelling in this heat?

RAFWife12 Tue 17-Jun-14 12:17:38

drink loads, feet up, keep cool!

butterfly86 Tue 17-Jun-14 12:18:11

Hi, im 37+3 and mine are exactly they same they have been for about 3 weeks now I can only get one pair of cheap ugly flip flops on I even wear them in the rain grin the skin feels so tight I can hardly walk sometimes and I feel like they will burst open! Have you had your bp checked I've been sent to pau a couple of times when it's been up and the swelling has been really bad, luckily it was nothing serious I think it's just par for the course at this stage. Try soaking your feet in cool water that helped a bit and sleeping with my feet on a pillow. The last couple of days I've rested more and they've been much better.

GingerScouse Tue 17-Jun-14 12:40:09

Go for a pedicure! I had one on Saturday and it was wonderful for my swollen ankles and feet!

theborrower Tue 17-Jun-14 14:49:24

butterfly86 I mentioned it to my midwife last week when she asked about swelling, and had my blood pressure checked as usual, everything was fine. I think it's just par for the course, as you put it.

It's a glorious day outside today but I'm resting indoors with my feet up for a bit, to keep cool. Just a bit hot for me today!

Will see if there is something I can put my feet in (that's not our manky washing up bowl).

Pregnantagain7 Tue 17-Jun-14 14:53:15

To be honest I don't think anything totally gets rid of them. I used to lie on the sofa and put them up on as tack of cushions then I would wrap them in either flannels or clean tea towels soaked in cold water. Dp would re soak the towels and re wrap my feet it felt amazing and did help a bit. smile

eepie Tue 17-Jun-14 15:00:56

Same ! Found that resting more helped. And when DP have me a foot rub with oil we looked at my feet halfway through and the swelling on the foot he'd done compared to the one he hadn't done yet was reduced massively !! Looked funny! I think the heat and being on your feet makes it worse. Also obviously you need to drink as much water as poss, stay out of the heat etc. My swelling has gone down significantly the last few days - I've been eating more healthily & resting more, that's all. Oh - plus the one foot rub on Sunday eve. Hope you managed to alleviate yours it sounds very painful !

slightlyinsane Tue 17-Jun-14 16:14:13

Unfortunately I couldn't find anything to reduce the swelling but putting my feet up for a bit eased the tight feeling I got in them. Just be prepared for them to possibly get alittle worse before they get better after you've had your lo. I was shocked, even though on pg no4, at how swollen all of me was. It took 3 days and a whole lot of peeing to reduce it.
You have my sympathies, it's a crappy part of being pregnant.

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