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What can you do to treat swollen feet and ankles after delivery?

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Remedies for swollen feet and ankles after pregnancy include rest, sleeping on the left side, foot massages and compression stockings, according to the Mayo Clinic. Fluid retention and swelling is normal during and after pregnancy.

The swelling is due to pressure by the uterus on the veins, obstructing the normal flow of blood to the heart, explains New Health Guide. Even after delivery, the uterus needs time to contract back to a smaller size. Swelling is normal until the uterus shrinks back.

Avoiding pressure on the feet and sleeping on the left side reduce the pressure of the uterus on the veins, according the Mayo Clinic. Women should seek medical attention if swelling occurs with serious symptoms, such as blurred vision, headaches or severe swelling.


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