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I haven't swelled postpartum, however, the nurses and doctor checked me out/asked about swelling while I was in the hospital, at my 4-day follow-up appointment, and at Jackson's 2-week appointment. So it must be a pretty common issue.
Postpartum swelling is rarely serious and will go away on its own. However, if the swelling does not resolve within a week or if you have bad headaches or pain in your legs, call your healthcare provider as this may be a sign of high blood pressure. Also, call immediately if the swelling is in only one leg or ankle and is accompanied by severe pain; it could be a sign of deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot).
Swelling is usually an issue for both mom and baby if you receive IV fluids during your labor. This is one of the reasons I generally don't bat an eye at newborn weight loss when you have a hospital birth. If you didn't receive an IV and you are swelling, I'd suggest trying out some dietary diuretics (melons, tea, etc), take an epsom salt bath, take mag/cal supps to see if it will reduce swelling. If not, I'd most certainly call the doc.
Previously known as ~~Que~~
Student Midwife, Doula, Placenta Specialist, and Lactation Counselor
My feet and legs have been swollen since I got out of the hospital. The Drs said it was sue to the IV fluid, plus the fluid your body was naturally containing while pregnant. It sort of has to figure out where to go.
Drink plenty of water and keep them up... if they don't hurt, then you're fine. Irritating and tight, don't count I'm going on my second week and I've noticed it's gone down some in my legs and feet, so the pressure isn't that bad, but they're still swollen.
My feet never got very swollen while I was pregnant, so to have it now sort of sucks. I'd like to be able to see my ankles again.