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How can i prevent swollen ankles and feet in pregnancy?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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Avoid salt: Swollen feet and ankles are common in pregnancy. As the uterus gets bigger it puts pressure on the blood vessels in the pelvis returning the blood from the legs back to the heart. This can make blood flow slower and increase swelling. Avoiding salt, drinking plenty of water, and elevating your feet can help reduce swelling. Be aware it may not go away until a few weeks after the baby is born.
Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 9 years experience
Check with your obstetrician- need to check blood pressure and urine for any protein.
Sep 8, 2013
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
Compression hose: Use of compression panty hose is quite important in pregnancy.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Compression stocking: Low salt diet , leg elevation while resting, walking excercise , compression stockings knee high 15-20 or 20-30 mmhg .. If sudden onset swelling and/ or on one side then must check duplex for dvt.
Dr. Myles Douglas
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Elevation: Elevate your legs as often as possible.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
RICE: Rest, ice, compression and elevation.
Dr. Jeffery Dormu
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Swelling: Also try leg elevation and compression stockings to help reduce swelling. Increased physical activity can also help to move some of the fluid.
Dr. Andrew Doe
Interventional Radiology 20 years experience
Vascular consult: Once you give birth, and have the time, see a vascular specialist. You may have venous insufficiency. It is 4 times more common in women, because pregnancy can exacerbate and accelerate the disease.
Dr. Gabriel Goren
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I am sorry, the answer does not fit the question. To prevent swelling one can do few things: elevate the leg as often as one can (ankle above the level of the heart) watch the weight gain ( not above 30 lb) and salt intake but mainly wear surgical elastic (knee level) stockings first 2 trimesters followed by maternity pantyhose last trimester just during day time. Evening showering too!
Sep 20, 2013

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A 28-year-old member asked:

What can I do for swollen ankles and feet during pregnancy?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
'feet up'/stockings: Support stockings and 'staying off your feet' will help ankle swelling (edema). Remember: ankle edema is a sign of pre-eclampsia (old term=toxemia) so it is best to report edema to your OB and get seen for a blood pressure check and a urine check (for protein). Hope you are better! & congrats on the baby!

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