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Swelling of feet and legs
gambit9436 posted:
My wife is 12 weeks along and her feet and legs are beginning to swell about every night. Anything we can do to help this? Also, what does this signify?
flutterbymama2be responded:
I don't really know what it signifies, besides carrying a lot of fluid, but my feet and ankles are swollen every night as well. I just try to keep my feet up, when possible, cut down on salt, and that's about it. I don't know how early it sets in, but you may want to read on preeclampsia if your wife has high blood pressure of if she is high risk. I know that is one of the things I am trying to avoid. HTH
Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
She should check with her doctor asap for recommendations. It could be normal but it could indicate some issues.

Make sure to reduce sodium from all sources, don't stand or sit still in one place for a long time, put her feet up whenever possible and drink lots and lots of water. (the water part sounds weird since reducing fluid is what you want-but it does work)
flutterbymama2be replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
Yup, I forgot the water part. All I drink is water, so I didn't think about that. :)
lestersgirls responded:
I am 15 weeks now and have been swelling since about 10 weeks. I am insulin dependent when I am pregnant and for some reason, I don't drink very much when I'm taking it. My doctor told me the same thing that Louise said. You have to drink lots of water to keep flushing it out of your system. If you aren't drinking water, you'll retain it. Sounded weird to me too, but it seems to help.

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