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shivermytimbers Thu 24-Mar-16 22:22:18

Hi all. I'm currently 22 weeks and have started to swell sad. No other symptoms so doesn't have any hallmarks of pre eclampsia, just pregnancy swelling. I wasn't expecting this quite so early and wondered if anyone else has had this? Did it stay the same, get worse, get better? Did you find anything that helped? It is getting a bit uncomfortable. Thanks in advance for any stories or advice!

lilygirl81 Thu 24-Mar-16 22:27:00

I'm 22 weeks tomorrow and had a random day of swelling, I raised my legs for a bit and that seemed to help, but definitely keep an eye on it and maybe call your midwife to see if she wants to check you over

Snoopysimaginaryfriend Thu 24-Mar-16 23:12:55

I'm nearly 33 weeks and I've had swollen everything from about 18 weeks. I haven't been able to wear my wedding ring and I had to buy some special stretchy shoes because none of mine fit. The upsetting thing was getting stretch marks on my knees. I've mentioned it at every appointment and the midwives just nod and say 'that's normal', so I just waddle on

shivermytimbers Fri 25-Mar-16 08:53:37

Poor you Snoopy! I have a feeling I'm heading the same way as you sad. I'll mention it to the midwife Lily but by the sounds of it, I'll just have to put up with it. Thanks for your replies!

HappyInL0nd0n Fri 25-Mar-16 12:24:04

Sorry to hear it's started so early for you. Grim. I've really noticed it in the last 3 weeks (I'm 39 weeks now). Can't get rings on and my feet look like they've been pumped up by a bicycle pump. I bought ballet slippers a size up, and now I can't even fit into them... I get over half an inch of foot fat oozing over the top when I squeeze them looks so gross.

NHS advice is try to stay off your feet as much as possible, get them raised up above your heart when you can (i.e. lie down and have them raised up on a stool/pillow), and do foot exercises (rotations, figures of eight, etc.) to try and get some of the swelling out. A foot rub can help, though my feet are so sensitive at the minute, it has to be very gentle.

Anyway, commiserations. Another indignity of pregnancy.... :-)

shivermytimbers Fri 25-Mar-16 16:42:14

Poor you happy! On a positive note, I've decided that I can attribute my humongous weight gain to water (rather than the extra cake I've been scoffing) grin

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