What to do about ankle swelling during pregnancy

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.

Namrata Dutta
Written by: Namrata DuttaPublished at: Mar 17, 2016

Give your feet some rest

Give your feet some rest
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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. Image: Getty

Wear compression stocking

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

Massages might help

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

Workout a bit

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

Sleep on your side

Sleep on your side
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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. Image: Getty

Cold water compressions

Cold water compressions
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Try some cold water compressions, it can reduce foot and ankle swelling. Image: Getty

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