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Did You Have Cankles?

Did You Get Swollen Feet and Ankles?

Many women have to put up with the irritable and self-described "unsightly" issue of cankles (peripheral edema, medically speaking) late in their pregnancies. As a mother-to-be spends more time on her feet and the bodily fluids continue to multiply, the evidence of thicker legs and ankles often becomes evident.

Moms take note: Excessive swelling may be a sign of pre-eclampsia, a serious condition sometimes called toxemia, that includes high blood pressure and swelling.


Revrend117 Revrend117 9 years
Had toxemia and gave birth to a 10 lb 4 oz baby boy. My first child, a week late and didn't realize something was wrong until I had my post op check up.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
With the second pregnancy I had the feet and ankle swelling so bad. At times I couldn't walk as they were too big and painful. Putting my feet up usually helped. When we went to hawaii during my 6th month I had a hard time getting the swelling to go away at all.
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
I was one of the lucky ones who didn't swell anywhere at all. You couldn't tell in my face, hands, or ankles that I was pregnant.
mhutt mhutt 9 years
I wore compression hose and get got lots better and eventually went away. Wore them everyday with my first pregnancy and swear by them. The second pregnancy I was staying home and didn't want to wear hose at the park with my 2 year old, got swollen and very uncomfortable, should have worn the hose!
Moms Moms 9 years
The minute I was overdue with my son my shoes didn't fit anymore. As a result I wore flip flops in November.
luckyme luckyme 9 years
Only at the very, very end when I was still working and on my feet entirely too much.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 9 years
in my 8th month...every time i had a spicy chicken sandwich & fries from wendys for lunch.... i had frodo feet every friday. only realized it after the third or fourth time, it was my guilty pleasure until i realized... every time i have that d@mn chicken my feet swell like a hobbits... it got to the point where it wasnt worth it... it was too uncomfortable... i think it was the salt that did it... didnt matter how much water i drank w/it either... i looooved those sandwiches too!!! hahah
redheadkimie redheadkimie 9 years
My ankles, feet and hands swelled up very bad I couldn't wear shoes just flip flops.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
No. Not during pregnancy anyway. I did have them for a couple of days after the c-sections because of the IV fluids. Especially my first c-section where I had to stay on my IV longer because it was such an emergency that the staff wasn't even completely sterilized. I had Flintstone feet.
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