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After c-section - excessive swelling of feet

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PETITE
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4/22/06 12:53 P

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Yeah...thank goodness I had slippers in the hospital for me. I could not fit my tennis shoes!

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4/22/06 12:14 P

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The same thing happened to me! After my c-section, my feet swelled so much that I could not fit them into the slippers I had bought for the hospital! I couldn't even straighten them out fully to walk! LOL

The nurse told me it was because the IV has saline solution in it, and they gave me a few bags of that during the operation!

Edited by: MOM2DOLLBABY at: 4/22/2006 (12:15)


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4/16/06 8:06 P

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i called the dr. after my csec. about the swelling of my feet (i called them rhinocerous legs) and they said it was due to the pitocin. i hadn't swolln at all during pregnancy at blew up after ward but it was gone in a week or two.


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PETITE
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4/15/06 10:31 P

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TN-very wise to have NOT taken that diuretic. That would actually cause even worse problems by throwing your electrolytes and fluid balance totally off. I know it seems like things are out of whack now...but your body knows what it is doing and a foreign agent like that will cause just worse problems.

Rest! Rest! Rest!

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4/15/06 10:40 A

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I had a vaganal delivery and am experiencing the same problem. I have never been this swollen in my life!


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4/15/06 10:25 A

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Thanks everyone, especially Petite, because I had considered a diuretic (sp?) and was just about to try that when I read your posting. So glad to know I'm normal! LOL

I guess I'm just impatient. You tell yourself that everything will be back to normal as soon as the baby comes, but I guess it just takes time and I want it NOW! LOL


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PETITE
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4/14/06 11:44 P

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I remember that part very well. It was very painful. Here's how it works...

When you are pregnant, over the course of time, your body makes an extra 500 ml of blood. Once you have your child, your body has to figure out what to do with that extra volume and will slowly but surely revert to normal. Additionally, you more than likely were given intravenous fluid while in the hospital and your body must figure out how to rid itself of that too.

Unfortunately, the only thing that you can do is rest...lots and lots of rest. Drink lots of water to help push that fluid out of your body (although initially you probably think taking in more fluid is bad). When you are resting, you need to be totally off of your feet, laying on your leftside and your feet should be heart level.

Now, in my situation, it took about 2 full weeks for the swelling to go down. Mine was so bad from top of calves down, I literally had what I called "Cankles"...no definition of either calf or ankle.

But, like I said, if you do the things I mentioned above, time will help alleviate the pain of this and your body will normalize.

Good luck...NO matter what DO NOT EVER TAKE A DIURETIC (OR WATER PILL) to pull it out. This is not something any medicine or pill can solve...only the above things I mentioned.



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4/14/06 11:38 P

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saME THING HAPPENED TO ME, IT WENT AWAY 9 DAYS AFTER C-CECTION! GOOD LUCK TO YOU!!!

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MOM2BE06
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4/14/06 10:31 P

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My ankles swelled worse after pregnancy too. I noticed it more if I was on my feet a lot during the day.


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4/14/06 5:52 P

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My doctor warned me about that before I was released. Here is what she told me:

You had a lot of extra fluids in your body while pregnant and your bodyis now trying to get rid of it. But first all of that fluid must circulate down and then it will come back up and be expelled (hence post preggo bleeding). It's normal and should subside within two weeks post partum.

If you are really concerned though, call your doctor and just ask. That never hurts.

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TNPACKFN
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4/14/06 5:47 P

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I delivered by c-section on Tuesday and today (3 days later) my feet are swollen larger than they have ever been throughout my pregnancy. Does anyone know what could cause this? I feel better than ever, other than being swollen.


Born: April 11th
Weight: 5lbs 7 oz
Length: 18 in.
Gestation: 36 weeks 4 days


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