(Closed) hello swollen legs/feet and hormones?!

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1032 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I know my friends said they had a lot of swelling after birth because of all the fluids that had been given to them via IV. I’m not sure if this is what is going on 5 days later…but maybe

Post # 4
46646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s definitely worth it!

info from http://www.wechealthunit.org/family-health/pregnancy/articles/the-first-six-weeks-after-childbirth/how-a-mother-may-feel-physically-after-childbirth

Faintness / Swollen Feet or Ankles / Night Sweats

  • During pregnancy, your body stores extra fluids; after childbirth, your body gets rids of this extra fluid; it takes a while for your cardiovascular system to adjust
  • You may feel faint for a day or two after childbirth
  • You may have swollen feet or ankles or have night sweats for a few weeks  


What you can do:

  • Do not restrict fluids, drink to thirst
  • For faintness:
      • Don’t change your position quickly – e.g., getting out of bed, getting up out of a chair

  • For swollen ankles and feet:
      • Put your feet up on a stool as often as possible
      • Avoid crossing your legs when sitting or standing for long periods
      • Avoid ankle or knee socks

  • For night sweats:
      •  Wear cotton clothing  

When to call your health care provider:

  • If the faintness last longer than a few days, you may need to be checked for anemia
  • If one foot is swollen more than the other
  • If swelling increases and extends up the leg past the ankles
  • If you have a red or painful lump in your calf

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