I suffer really badly from swollen feet and ankles. I'm 31+4.
Too much rest makes mine swell, weirdly. But so does being on my feet too much!! I reckon 30 minutes elevation, followed by 30 minutes walking around, all day on a constant cycle might fix it
They reckon, the wise elves, that drinking more water relieves water retention oddly. I haven't bothered with compression tights etc because as soon as you take them off the swelling floods! Plus they're really hot, and I don't need anything extra to heat me up right now!
Drink oodles of water, try to sit without laying back as that puts pressure on the arteries that are already compressed (Google should be able to tell you more), elevate them and regularly move your feet. Mine are the same, not much can be done apart from the above according to my MW
I've just started to suffer at 35wks. I found paddling in the sea helped on Thursday but realise that's not ever so practical! Sitting with feet elevated is supposed to be good, and drinking plenty. I like a cold foot soak too, if i can't paddle!
I suffered dreadfully with this. As others have said put them up higher than your head. I used to soak teatowels in water with ice cubes in and wrap them round my feet when they were up. Dp would changed then every so often.
It was definitely less on holiday when I was able to sit in the pool with my legs in cold(er) water! Back in the UK and at work … not so practical.
During my last pregnancy I had access to a swimming pool during my lunch breaks and that did seem to help too Lorelei, you're right. I should get my lazy ass to the local pool. How's your maternity wear shopping going Lorelei?
I shall aim to drink more.
Last night I had the fan trained at my feet. Bliss.