PLAGUED BY SWOLLEN ANKLES
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.