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How to Deal with Ankle Swelling in Pregnancy

How to Deal with Ankle Swelling in Pregnancy

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Simple steps you can take for easing ankle swelling during pregnancy are as follows: Avoid standing for long periods of time. While sitting do not cross your legs. When possible, try and sit with your feet up. This will relieve the pressure on the veins of your lower body and reduce the swelling. Better yet, lie down with your legs slightly elevated with pillows.

Monday, September 4th, 2017

If self care measures do not help and your ankle swelling gets worse during pregnancy, consult a doctor immediately.

  • Try massaging your legs.
  • Try sleeping on your left side, as it can help improve your circulation and reduce swelling.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes . To improve circulation, your doctor might recommend you to wear supportive tights or stockings. Avoid wearing watches, bracelets, bangles and anklets that are tight and cut off the circulation at your wrists and ankles. If you were a toe-ring you might want to consider taking it off till your baby is born.
  • Eat healthy foods to get the right amount of protein , as insufficient amounts can cause your body to retain fluid. Besides, cutting down on salt can also help, as salt increases water retention.
  • Drink about 8–10 glasses of water per day. Drinking water actually helps reduce swelling by keeping you hydrated and flushing out sodium from your body.
  • • Applying cold-water compresses to swollen areas is helpful, as it gives a soothing experience.

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