Headaches and swelling

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  1. love87

    love87 Well-Known Member

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    My feet swelled up in the last few weeks of pregnancy and my blood pressure was up and down but now to a dangerous extent. (I was not diagnosed with pre-eclampsia or anything) during my induction I was given some fluids through IV. 1000mls I think, I was also given some with epidural (which didn't work)
    Anyway a week on and my feet are enormous. I went to my GP today and he gave me a water tablet to try and take the swelling down. He asked had I any headaches or tummy pain which I didn't so I told him no. But this afternoon I have come down with the worst headache ever and I'm now worried. The headache is worse on one side so I'm wondering is it a migraine. GP didn't do my BP today. Is all of this normal?

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  2. Phoenix85

    Phoenix85 Well-Known Member

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    Drink nettle and/or fennel tea, it'll keep you hydrated but is also a diuretic to help pass excees fluid/water retention.

    Look at the tablets you were given... are headaches a side effect?

    Also sitting with your feet up should help too.
     
  3. Phoenix85

    Phoenix85 Well-Known Member

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    Oh and personally I'd mention it to your midwife rather than your GP. Midwife may be more knowledgeable on post partum fluid retention.
     
  4. Ella1979

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    I hope you got yourself checked out by a midwife...? I developed post-partum hypertension after my second baby that was starting to develop into pre-eclampsia (3 days post delivery). Started with swelling of ankles and knees. I had a home bp monitor as I had pre-e with my first pregnancy, and when I took my bp it was through the roof. I phoned hospital and went back in. I didn't have a headache, but had the same weird chest pains as I had with my first pregnancy. Was immediately put on labetalol. All sorted before it turned nasty.

    Hopefully it's nothing, but always worth getting checked out.
     

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