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Swollen feet and ankles

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user1473602935 · 21/06/2017 19:26

I'm 24 weeks and have suddenly got very swollen feet, legs and ankles!

Do you think this could just be from the heat and will clear up? Or will it be here to stay...?

I didn't get it all with my first pregnancy

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stuggi01244 · 21/06/2017 19:31

I've just been to my 25 week midwife appointment today and mentioned this. She said as long as you haven't got a headache that doesn't shift with paracetamol or visual disturbances then it's most likely to do with the heat. It should improve by putting them in cold water and elevating them (above your head if possible). If not best get your blood pressure checked just in case, otherwise I think it's just an unfortunate symptom of the pregnancy and heat Confused

BubblesBuddy · 21/06/2017 19:32

You should go and get it checked with your GP or midwife. It may be standard but they should check you for pre eclampsia. (Not sure if I have spelt that correctly).

BrollyDolly · 21/06/2017 19:47

I'm 34 weeks and got them too :( I'm pretty sure it's the heat as long as you're not feeling unwell otherwise. I've had mine on and off the last few weeks and definitely appears worse in heat and being on them and better when I've been resting them and put them up. I've been putting a wet towel over them to try and keep them cool.
Also if you are worried just call the midwife to put your mind at rest :)

arbrighton · 21/06/2017 19:56

I've had them since 32 weeks, now 38+ 1 and they're SORE too :(

Swelling can be a sign of pre-eclampsia so do get checked out but it is a common pregnancy side effect, especially when hot.

to help: as PP say, get your feet up, do some walking, drink plenty (seems weird I know!)

I've given up fixing them TBH but then I'm being induced tomorrow so hopefully they'll come down

10Betty10 · 21/06/2017 20:03

Mine have been way worse in the heat, so you might find it's that making it worse. My midwife said that as long as they do go up and down in size (smaller when wake up than by end of day) then it's perfectly normal in pregnancy, especially in hot weather.

I second the cold water and elevating suggestions others have made. Also switch to sandals rather than enclosed shoes as air seems to help stop them getting quite as huge!

10storeylovesong · 21/06/2017 20:09

Mine have been swollen too - I've been seen by consultant today and all fine so I'm guessing it's the heat. I'm finding that a foot soak with Epsom Salts is helping to reduce the swelling

Lunalovepud · 21/06/2017 21:55

I had preeclampsia and didn't have a single headache, tummy pain or visual disturbance. My only symptom that could be be found without urine /blood tests was swollen feet and hands and high blood pressure.

Please get a urine and BP check as soon as possible - not everyone gets all /the same symptoms.

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