What to do about ankle swelling during pregnancy

By:Namrata Dutta, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 17, 2016

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It is said that body of a pregnant woman absorbs more fluid. The expanding uterus puts pressure on veins that hinders the flow of blood to heart. This causes swollen ankle pregnancy and not just ankles but legs and feet. Then there are few hormonal changes that could also be the cause of ankle swelling during pregnancy. Although, foot and ankle swelling is a very common thing during pregnancy but we surely, can tell you what all measures you can take to have some relief at least.
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    Give your feet some rest

    Try and avoid standing for too long. If you have been sitting for too longs, rotate your feet at the ankles. And if possible, try to sit with your legs elevated and not in hanging position.

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  • 2

    Wear compression stocking

    Wear supportive compression stocking during the day. It will help you control the swelling.

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  • 3

    Massages might help

    Massaging your leg and ankle might help ease the swelling. Lightly massaging the swollen part will surely relieve you.

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  • 4

    Workout a bit

    Walk for 10 to 20 minutes daily, don’t exert, and just normally take a walk. Ride bike or swim laps.

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  • 5

    Sleep on your side

    If you try and sleep on your left, the blood from the lower half of your body will flow much easily, taking of pressure from the inferior cava.

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  • 6

    Cold water compressions

    Try some cold water compressions, it can reduce foot and ankle swelling.

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