A mom writes in asking for advice. Her feet and legs are extremely swollen at seven months pregnant. She is constantly on her feet 6-10 hours each day. She is not allowed to sit down at all during her work and only has one day off. During her first pregnancy, she did not experience any of these symptoms and does not know what to do. Any advice for this mom?
A member of the community asks:
“I need advice. I’m 7 months pregnant with my second and I’m on my feet 6-10 hours a day. I only get one day off and don’t get any breaks at work. My calves are so swollen and my feet and toes are as well. I didn’t have this last pregnancy and I just keep seeing the swelling get worse. How do you ladies help the swelling go down? If I sit down at work I get told it doesn’t matter if I’m pregnant I need to be up and working or I just don’t want my job bad enough. I already struggle with how I see my body and this is starting to make me really depressed.”
Community Advice for This Mom with Swollen Feet
To see what advice the Mamas Uncut Facebook community has for this mom in need, read the comments of the post embedded below.
Many commenters gave lots of helpful advice for this mom to help with her legs and feet swollen while being pregnant. Some gave many suggestions on what she could try to let the swelling go down. One commented, “Try bathing in Epson salt, sleep with legs elevated, and wear comfy shoes. You can also try inserting extra insoles, rub aloe vera on your feet, drink plenty of water, extra magnesium, put your feet up whenever you get a chance, compression socks and if possible ask a partner or friend to rub them. Good luck!”
Others gave alternative advice. One said, “Compression socks. Wear them every day at work. Don’t get just any from the store. Go to a medical supply store or your doctor.” Another advised: “Make sure you keep an eye on your blood pressure. It doesn’t always go along with swelling but sometimes it does.”
Others worried that the actions of her work were illegal. One said, “In the US, you can get a medical note and they cannot refuse you breaks. Please look into laws protecting pregnant women where you are located.” Others were worried her condition could be more serious. One wondered if it was preeclampsia. Another commented, “Go see your doctor. Tell him you have pain in your lower back, and ask for early state disability for your pregnancy. Tell him about your situation at work.”
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