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Doctor insights on: Why Are Swollen Ankles A Health Risk During Pregnancy

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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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What causes swollen ankles ("cankles") after labour? Didn't get swelling during pregnancy, only after.

Labour type?: How did you deliver? Cesarean? Vaginal deliver? It may play a role sometimes due to stirrups against the feet in vaginal delivery. Other than that, swelling can happen for a number of reasons but likely the stress from delivery and added weight (although not noticed during pregnancy) caused the swollen ankles. ...Read more

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How can I prevent swollen ankles and feet in pregnancy?

How can I prevent swollen ankles and feet in pregnancy?

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. ...Read more

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Sore breasts,swollen ankles,tired all the time,moody.2 and a half weeks late.Home pregnancy test negative.Could I still be pregnant or what els?

Sore breasts,swollen ankles,tired all the time,moody.2 and a half weeks late.Home pregnancy test negative.Could I still be pregnant or what els?

See details: You are not pregnant and the possible causes are many. See a doctor. You will not find the answer without an exam and lab tests. ...Read more

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I have severely swollen ankles. It does not clear up during the night. No pain. What can I do other than walking, stockings, lymph drainage, ozone ?

Do not ignore : Edema can be pitting or brawny. Press around the ankle firmly - hold and release. If there is a indentation that stays around it is pitting edema. If you can not dent the flesh it is brawny edema and much harder to deal with. Support hose, elevation, sequential compression, diuretic meds and decrease in salt are a good start. If this does not work pt specialized in lymph-edema can help. ...Read more

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Swollen ankles and fingers during the evening and night. Sore aching feet. Very physical job walking all day, i work at a medical clinic. What is it?

Could be: It could be osteoarthritis considering that it is at the end of the day, but it could be inflammatory such as rheumatoid in light of the swelling. See you doctor to confirm what it is. ...Read more

Dr. Grace Torres-Hodges
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Swollen Ankles (Definition)

Painless swelling of the feet and ankles is a common problem, particularly among older people. Abnormal buildup of fluid in the ankles, feet, and legs ...Read more


Dr. Grace Torres-Hodges
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Ankle Swelling (Definition)

Ankle swelling is a symptom in which a person has swelling in one or both ankles. Swelling can be caused by ...Read more