Those dreaded cankles can start around week 22 to week 27 and will stay with you until you have given birth.
Edema (on it's own) is not serious or anything to be concerned about as generally by morning the swelling should go down. However, if you are concerned and swelling persists make an appointment with your doctor to discuss symptoms and relief - see below.
Here are 7 things you can do to help with the discomfort of swollen ankles and feet:
- Do your best to avoid long periods of on your feet standing and sitting. If standing for a long period of time try to take a break and sit; if sitting too long take a few minutes to walk around and stretch your legs.
- Elevate your legs whenever possible while sitting at your office desk or lying down.
- When sleeping try to sleep on your side (preferable the left side).
- Wearing comfy and supportive shoes will help; time to set the sexy stilettos aside for a little while.
- Compression socks; these are what I used during my pregnancy and they helped me a lot. Now you can also get compression leggings and tights. I still wear mine when I know that I will be on my feet for a long period of time and especially when I will be flying. You can find compression socks at Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs.
- Limiting or watching your salt intake can also help with the swelling of ankles and feet. You do not need to completely cut out your salt so long as you are watching your intake and not overdoing it when adding salt to a meal.
- Drinking lots of water can also help by flushing your system out of toxins and also flushing out the salt.