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Old 03-28-2006, 08:16 PM   #1
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Unhappy Moderate/Severe Swelling

I seem to be swelling these days much worse then ever befor. I am not sure as to what really causes this I just think I am retaining alot of fluid due to an incredible, unquenchable thirst I have had for the last few days. I wake up in the morning and I fit it to all my clothes well, but by lunch time I have swollen so bad that my clothes are tight and uncomfortable and my legs begin to ache because of the weight gain so quick. I look as though I am at a healthy weight in the morning and by after noon it appears as though I have put on probably 20 extra pounds in just a few hours. Has anyone else had this? is there any way to get the swelling to calm down? Also did it go away shortly after your baby was born? I would appreciate any information. I am 33wks2days btw.I need to find a way to get comfortable

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Old 03-28-2006, 08:37 PM   #2
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Re: Moderate/Severe Swelling

Hello Rainy,
I'm 38 weeks tomorrow and I'm also quite swollen. My hands and feet are constantly swollen and it hurts, especially at night. Have you spoken to your doctor about it? Mine said that as long as my face wasn't swollen, I didn't feel nausious or didn't have any headaches it's all normal. I've been really thirsty for a couple of weeks, more so at night for some reason - which is bad because of all the trips to the bathroom. I guess we should just keep on drinking lots of water to get the retained water out. Oh, she also said not to use my hands (is that even possible??) because I'll have a lot of joint pain after the delivery if I use them too much while they're swollen.
I hope you feel better soon!
Good luck, D

Old 03-29-2006, 05:51 AM   #3
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Re: Moderate/Severe Swelling

RainyNight. I develop PIH (Pregn. Induced Hypertention) at about the same time as you. If not a bit earlier. It later turned to preeclampsia. Which led me to being induced 10 days early. My legs, feet and ankles were horrible swollen especially at night. I found that staying off my feet (on bedrest) as much as possible helped greatly. I lost 5 lbs. in 2 days just by staying off my feet. Also try to avoid salt and foods high in sodium.

My hands hurt so bad I couldn't even close them. Just keep an eye on your bp b/c it can spike rather quickly. Make sure you do not have protein in your urine either these can be signs of pre-eclampsia.

Good luck and try to stay off your feet.

Old 03-29-2006, 06:06 AM   #4
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Re: Moderate/Severe Swelling

Keep drinking for much as you can and get off your feet as much as possible too. I had a sudden swelling at 35 weeks with ds and by 36 weeks was ordered off my feet due to higher bp, swelling and headaches. I wasn't induced till 41 weeks and had a pretty bad experience with it. It is common to swell as the day goes on...I typically, even at 30-32 weeks feel much 'smaller' in the morning than I do at night but remember, you've just spent 8 hours or so lying down, not causing your organs to work hard and allowing your system to flush.
If your face swells a lot, you gain a ton of weight in a short time or you start to feel light headed, sick or extreme hot flashes you could be having pre-eclampsia problems.
Good luck!

Old 03-29-2006, 09:11 AM   #5
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Re: Moderate/Severe Swelling

Continuing to drink plenty of water is going to help, not make you swell. It cleans you out and keep things moving along within your body. The general things you can do is to watch your salt/soduim intake and keep your feet up when possible. Sleeping at night may become uncomfortable or difficult so you will have to experiment and find positions or a side that you are most comfortable on.

I am 38 weeks and that only problem I have is carpal tunnel symptoms in my left hands/wrist. It took me about a week to find sleeping positions where my arm and hand wouldn't fall asleep or ache. Sometimes sleeping on the couch is most comfortable too. Best of luck to you!

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