PLAGUED BY SWOLLEN AN­KLES

Your Pregnancy - - Q & A Month 8 - Tina Otte Mid­wife, childbrith ed­u­ca­tor and spe­cial­ist editor of Your Preg­nancy

Q: I’ve been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing prob­lems with swelling feet and an­kles since I was just 14 weeks preg­nant. When I press on the swollen area it forms a dent, which stays there. Please ad­vise on how I can keep the swelling down, es­pe­cially on warm days. A: You don’t say how far preg­nant you are now, but it’s cer­tainly some­thing I would bring to your doc­tor’s at­ten­tion. A cer­tain amount of swelling is usual dur­ing preg­nancy, es­pe­cially in hot weather. Plac­ing your legs in cool wa­ter for about 30 min­utes and putting your feet up when­ever you can will de­crease the swelling. Don’t cross your legs when sit­ting and don’t limit the amount of flu­ids you drink. Ex­treme swelling is as­so­ci­ated with a con­di­tion known as preeclamp­sia, but there are other symp­toms such as high blood pres­sure and pro­tein in your urine. Speak with your doc­tor to make sure you are well.

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