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How can I prevent swollen ankles and feet in pregnancy?
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Dr. Amy Herold
Obstetrics & Gynecology
12 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Amy Herold
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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Check with your obstetrician- need to check blood pressure and urine for any protein.
Dr. Jeffery Dormu
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree
In brief: Swelling
Also try leg elevation and compression stockings to help reduce swelling.
Increased physical activity can also help to move some of the fluid.

In brief: 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. Jeffery Dormu
Dr. Jeffery Dormu
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2 doctors agree
In brief: RICE
Rest, ice, compression and elevation.

In brief: RICE
Rest, ice, compression and elevation.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Compression hose
Use of compression panty hose is quite important in pregnancy.

In brief: Compression hose
Use of compression panty hose is quite important in pregnancy.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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Dr. Andrew Doe
Radiology - Interventional
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Andrew Doe
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Dr. Gabriel Goren
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!
Dr. Myles Douglas
Surgery - Vascular
In brief: Elevation
Elevate your legs as often as possible.

In brief: Elevation
Elevate your legs as often as possible.
Dr. Myles Douglas
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