Post # 1
I have another thread I started earlier about something else- where I recently mentioned my ankles. But I wanted to specifically ask- has anyone had pitting edema in pregnancy, and had it be completely normal? Meaning without pre-e?
I have slight swelling in my ankles and feet- I would say it’s noticeable because I have boney feet usually. Last night at the end of the night, it was worse than it is right now, and my mom said hers was way worse during pregnancy than mine is.
My swelling started about 2 weeks ago (around 32 weeks)- and it sort of came and went for the first week– I was able to spend an entire day on my feet with NO swelling, but has gradually come to stay- I think. Tonight, I noticed some minor pitting when I press on one area of my ankle. It really only pits at one area, and no where else as of now.
I have called the birth center and talked to a nurse– so I’m not replying on the Bee for true medical advice– just wondering if anyone else had pitting that was considered “normal” for end of pregnancy. I have an appt on Monday.
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Post # 2
I personally haven’t, but an acquaintance of mine did. Her job required her to be on her feet a lot, so that was probably a contributing factor. Her doctor didn’t seem particularly concerned by it, and she gave birth normally to a healthy little girl at 39 weeks.
Post # 3
I had severe pitting edema in my whole last trimester with my first pregnancy – you could literally press on my shins and leave deep indentations. my doc kept a close eye but I never had high BP nor did I have proteins in my urine so GYN never had serious concerns about pre-eclampsia. I had a normal pregnancy and birth otherwise (my son is now 15 years old). I also had another pregnancy 4 years later and did not have the edema with that pregnancy.
Post # 4
MrsEME: I am 35 weeks today and at 31 weeks I woke up with my feet blown up. Overnight I went from a size 6 to size 8 in slippers! It came and went but now its here to stay and its up my legs and hips. My weight actually jumped a good 10 lbs in 2 weeks and my midwife said its water retention.
She said swelling use to be a sign of Pre-E but that was before other symptoms were available to diagnose with it. As long as your blood pressure is good (under 140/90) you are good. Mine is 104/56 which is exceptionally good for a pregnant lady and my urine dip strips for protein are negative. So swelling is just the extra blood and water and my kidneys trying to keep up with processing. Midwife said drink lots of water, elevate feet above heart and keep sodium low. It looks scary but as long as your other stuff is in check you should be good. Mine looks really scary but I am in good health