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Baby Bump: Surviving Cankles


What's a mama-to-be to do when her calves melt into her ankles? Nearly 75 percent of you said you dealt with cankles while pregnant so you know that it's really common (especially around the third trimester). While often harmless, unsightly swollen ankles and feet can send an already over the edge mommy-to-be's emotions into overdrive.

After checking with your OB to ensure that your swollen extremities are not a sign of something more serious (such as pre-eclampsia), try out a few tips to help keep the swelling under control:

  • Elevate your legs while lying down. You may want to also try elevating them on an ottoman when sitting down.
  • Exercise your legs. A little exercise is not only good for your baby, but it will keep the fluids moving (and not pooling around your feet). iVillage suggests a simple exercise: make lazy circles with your feet to help your muscles circulate your blood.
  • Eat smart. Try to keep to a low-salt diet, which can reduce fluid retention and swelling.
  • If you sit at a desk all day, get up and walk around frequently.

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