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swolen legs after having baby?

(8 Posts)
iamnowawhaticallmother Sat 04-May-13 15:30:22

I had my baby 9 wks ago & had epidural and a c section in the end. My legs ballooned ridiculously afterwards & i had to wear those flight tights.

9 weeks on i am certain my legs are not entirely back to normal. They feel swolen to me. Especially the right one. if i kneel back on my ankles it doesnt feel normal.

Is there anything i can do to get my legs back to normal? reduce swelling.

neverlateforwork Sat 04-May-13 15:32:32

Movement and elevation.

That 'I have someone else's legs' swelling post-birth is something you are never warned about!

It's always great to finally get rid of pg fluid retention!

EdwiniasRevenge Sat 04-May-13 15:33:28

I had this. Worse than during pg.

I was sent for a DVT scan by dr, which came back clear.

In the end when I stopped bf I went back to normal over about 5 days. I literally spent those 5 days on the toilet peeing out the excess fluid.

My lymphatic system hasn't been the same since. I get very swollen ankles in hot weather.

iamnowawhaticallmother Sat 04-May-13 15:36:42

thanks both. I stopped breastfeeding at 7 weeks. I have been doing lots of walking but they feel horrible. Feel like i need to stick a pin in my ankle to release pressure if you know what I mean. Can anyone recommend any medication or remedies?

DuffyDuck Sun 05-May-13 11:29:24

Lymphatic massage? Drinking coconut water, eating bananas, drinking cranberry juice? Potassium is supposed to help with fluid retention...

iamnowawhaticallmother Mon 06-May-13 07:18:13

Thank you Daffy

IndigoBarbie Fri 10-May-13 15:23:37

Reflexology can help, I had severe whole body water retention after mine and it just took a long long time sad xxx

Kasterborous Fri 10-May-13 21:16:31

I remember being like this I eventually weed and sweated it out. I would wake up in the middle of the night drenched with sweat and cold because I sweated so much!

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