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Tiaxx31 Thu 06-Aug-09 20:16:33

What is everybody that has swollen legs and ankles doing to reduce the swelling my ankles and the tops of my feet look like a mitchelin mans feet and feels really tight and my knees are really hurting too, feel all tight. Have trouble bending down as my legs hurt . Any advice? x

ZippysMum Thu 06-Aug-09 20:20:23

How far along are you? Are you puffy anywhere else?

My ankles and feet get really puffy if I stand or sit for a while - I need to get horizontal and feet up (above level of heart - just a footstool isn't enough for me!) and then they go down in an hour or so.

If they don't go down, worth getting your blood pressure checked. As I expect you know, being very puffy can be a sign of pre-eclampsia, which needs medical attention!

Cankles of MN unite! [ grin]

Cies Thu 06-Aug-09 20:33:34

I get DH to massage them with a cooling gel I bought, plus have them up resting on my exercise ball while we watch TV in the evening.

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Thu 06-Aug-09 20:37:03

cies how lucky envy, my DH just sort of taps them absentmindedly and gets annoyed when I ask him to do it differently - if I don't like it, don't ask, is his attitude! And I love my feet being massaged sad.

I put them in a bowl of cool water for 10 mins. then up on a foot stool with no shoes, socks or slippers on.

Drink lots and lots and lots of fluids.

ZippysMum Thu 06-Aug-09 20:44:38

Cies, I am also envy. Pavlov, my DH does the same as yours and I'm lucky if he doesn't stop after 30 seconds - and I also love having my feet massaged. Shame I can't train the dog to do it - she's very eager to please!

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Thu 06-Aug-09 20:50:47

Zippy - is this your first LO? Do you know if you are having a boy or a girl?

I have a little girl, and I am training her to brush my hair, she is 3, and this afternoon she brushed my hair ever so gently, and she almost has it right! she is 3, I have been with DH for 10 years and he still can't/won't do it right! I think she is a little too young for feet massage, but I am working on that one!

ZippysMum Thu 06-Aug-09 20:59:29

Hi Pavlov, yes, 1st and 2nd LO (twins!). Don't know thesex (DH wanted a surprise). I am so excited - and uncomfy - 31 1/2 weeks along. They've been a long time coming (trying 6 years) so I feel like I should be enjoying every second, but, well, the cankles, the spots, the HUGE NOSE (is that just me??)... I look like Gloria from Madagascar (but less perky..) smile

ZippysMum Thu 06-Aug-09 21:01:15

ps well done on training your dd. I'll get onto that once the DTs have mastered hand/eye coordination!

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Thu 06-Aug-09 21:05:19

Oh zippy - how exciting! Boys love brushing mama's hair too, so you have double chance of teaching them ! Good luck with the rest of your pg!

My ankles are not too bad, unless for example DH drags me around Ikea for 6 hours ! (yesterday)

ZippysMum Thu 06-Aug-09 21:15:11

6 hrs shock I would have been snoozing on one of those IKEA beds in no time.
Best of luck with your pg too smile

katendmom Thu 06-Aug-09 21:15:51

I notice that if I cut back on salt/ salty foods and drink more water, it helps. Also keeping my feet up helps - but I can't get them above the heart level. My belly is in the way grin... I'm 30 weeks totally understand what you're saying

mogend77 Thu 06-Aug-09 21:29:00

Last time mine were really bad. Plunging them into really quite cold water was the best thing. And yes also keeping them high up - for example lying on the sofa with the feet on the sofa arm helped.

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