How To Reduce Ankle Swelling During Pregnancy

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I’m only pregnant for (a maximum) of three more weeks, so I feel like I need to get all my pregnancy-related posts out of the way. I’m running out of time! Hallelujah. Also, I realize it’s unfair for me to hoard such valuable information.

When I was pregnant with Liam, I was lucky enough to not be blessed with this wonderful side effect of pregnancy. At least not until afterwards. After my c-section, I literally couldn’t even wear flip flops because my ankles and feet were so swollen. I wore house slippers to Liam’s first doctor’s appointment. It was truly hideous. I wish I would’ve known how to fix it back then, but at least I’ve gotten it under control now.

This pregnancy, I’ve been dealing with (what I would consider) nearly-severe ankle swelling. I’ve done a lot of Googling and found out that it’s pretty “normal,” and a very high percentage of pregnant women deal with this. That doesn’t make it any better, though. For me, it’s not super uncomfortable. It just makes me feel really ugly when it looks like my feet are going to burst through my shoes.

But like I said, I did find a solution!

I wear these Sheer Knee High Compression Stockings every single day, and I swear to you, they work. At least they do for me. They’re from Amazon and they’re not expensive.

Once, because I’m an idiot, I went a day without wearing them because I was like, “Oh, maybe it’s not the stockings. Maybe I just quit swelling up all on my own!” No. I was wrong. I went one day without them and made a fool out of myself.

Compression socks are also an option. I also have these Sockwell Compression Socks, but I don’t wear them as often. Not because they aren’t as “good,” but because 99% of the time, I’m at work and wearing flats, so the compression stockings just make more sense.

It’s also worth noting that you probably don’t have to be pregnant for these compression socks and stockings to reduce swelling in your ankles. If they work while you’re pregnant, they most likely work when you’re not pregnant, too.

This wasn’t a very long post, but I hope it helps! If you’d like any other pregnancy hacks, let me know in the comment section. Unfortunately, I don’t have very many, but I may as well share them all before I’m no longer pregnant and completely forget about them!

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