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What should I do quickly for after pregnancy swelling of the feet and legs?

What should I do quickly for after pregnancy swelling of the feet and legs?

Water and gravity: Our bodies have a large amount of water needed to keep organs functioning. The vessels that carry the fluids are not perfect and they can leak. Also, our tissues have a certain amount of water to stay moist and pliable. Gravity works to pull the fluids down towards the feet even in healthy people. It will worsen as the day progresses. Treatment is compression socks/elevation. Avoid water pills. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How long does swelling of legs or abdomen associated with pregnancy last?

How long does swelling of legs or abdomen associated with pregnancy last?

Depends: Some patient will have edema through delivery and for a few weeks after birth. Others who have mild edema will find that in the evening with elevation of feet the swelling goes down. If you are pregnant and have swelling inform your md as it may also be seen with high blood pressure. ...Read more

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What causes varicose veins, and severe swelling of the legs and feet during pregnancy, and how can I treat it myself at home?

What causes varicose veins, and severe swelling of the legs and feet  during pregnancy, and how can I treat it myself at home?

Compression stocking: The pressure of the baby on to draining system- veins is one of the causes for venous reflux. To prevent swelling, pain, and cramps use compression stockings 20mmHg. Also, elevate your legs/feet when in bed or at home. Usually it gets better after the baby, residual disease can be treated with ablation in future if it persists. ...Read more

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What causes foot, ankle and lower leg swelling after vaginal birth? Received epidural. No swelling during pregnancy.

What causes foot, ankle and lower leg swelling after vaginal birth? Received epidural. No swelling during pregnancy.

If unilateral - DVT?: While it is common to have swollen lower extremities postpartum as fluid shifts occur after delivery, this is usually bilateral. If the swelling is unilateral and/or accompanied by pain, would recommend seeking evaluation to confirm not a deep vein thrombosis of the lower extremity, which has potential serious medical complications (e.g. Pulmonary embolus). ...Read more

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Whats the cause of swelling legs and what's the cure during preganancy?

Whats the cause of swelling legs and what's the cure during preganancy?

P.G. leg swelling: The developing fetus in the uterus is putting pressure on the main blood vessel bringing blood back to the heart.(inferior vena cava). As a result, the blood pools in your legs and the fluid "escapes" into the tissues. Elevate your spirits and your legs during pregnancy as this is temporary and is "cured" by delivery. ...Read more

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Treatment of edema in the leg?

Treatment of edema in the leg?

Elevation.: Edema provided both legs elevation low sodium diet. Walking helpful, standing still worsens. If only one leg could be blood clot need medical evaluation. If no improvement if both legs need to see physician. ...Read more

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What causes leg pain during pregnancy?

What causes leg pain during pregnancy?

One cause Veins: Many women have inherited the gene for venous disease. Then with hormones of pregnancy, increased pressure on the pelvic veins and leg veins. There is venous reflux. Please wear prescription support stockings throughout your pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is Diurex Diuretic Water Pills for for leg edema?

Is Diurex Diuretic Water Pills for for leg edema?

Leg edema: Yes, Diurex can be used to help leg edema, but is not a strong fluid pill. It is mainly used for the bloating and water retention associated with menstral cycles. If you are just having swelling in the legs and nothing else, you should see your doc to investigate further. Elevate your legs often, to help make the swelling go away, without the use of medication. Hope this was helpful. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more