Inside: When you suffer from swelling during pregnancy, try this doctor-recommended remedy. Not only will this fix swollen feet during pregnancy – it will reduce puffiness in your hands and legs, too. Bonus: You’ll love it.
A few weeks ago when I hit 7 months for this pregnancy, my hands swelled to the point where I had to remove my wedding ring.
I’m no stranger to the magical symptom of swollen feet and hands during pregnancy. During my last pregnancy, at the end of a day at my desk job, I looked like the Wikipedia entry for Elephantitis.
I tried everything.
- Avoid standing. (But remember: sitting too much can kill you.)
- Drink more water. (And have fun peeing every 15 minutes.)
- Put your feet up, above your hips. (But don’t lay on your back.)
- Exercise regularly. (Good luck fitting your gargantuan feet into tennis shoes.)
None of it helped. My swollen hands and fingers made it impossible to type or even hold my phone.
Every night, I sank onto the couch and put my swollen feet on an ottoman topped with three pillows.
And I’d stare at my feet. My poor, puffy feet.
I wanted to cry and yell and disown my feet, all at the same time.
So when my puffiness started a few weeks ago for this pregnancy, I talked to my doctor, desperate for new advice to reduce swelling during pregnancy.
A Simple Fix for Swollen Feet and Hands (and Everything) During Pregnancy
One of the doctors in my practice is pregnant and just a couple weeks ahead of me, so she GETS IT.
Lucky for me, I had an appointment with her the same week I removed my wedding ring.
“It seems like the swelling has started earlier for me this time,” I said, my legs dangling off the exam table and collecting even more fluid as I spoke. “I sit with my feet up as much as possible and drink a ton of water, but it doesn’t really help.”
She smiled. “Well, there’s one more thing you can try that helps a lot, but it’s not for everyone.”
I sat up straighter, crinkling the paper on the table. “What?” I asked.
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