How to Eliminate Feet Swelling After a C-Section


Swollen feet are one of the most common side effects of having given birth via Caesarean delivery. Swollen feet and legs are a result of fluids delivered through your IV, as well as water retention. Sometimes foot swelling occurs as a side effect of a commonly prescribed delivery medication called Pitocin. Pitocin (also called Oxytocin) is used to cause uterine contractions.

Eliminate Feet Swelling

Step 1

Start walking soon and often, as walking increases your blood flow and promotes proper circulation to decrease swelling. Start out slowly, only walking down hospital corridors or around your home within the first day or two after delivery. Gradually increase your walking as much as you are able (but be sure not to lift anything heavier than your baby, and do not walk up and down stairs).

Step 2

Elevate your legs when in a sitting or reclining position. Prop several pillows under your feet and legs so that your legs are a few inches above your heart when reclining.

Step 3

Reduce salt intake and drink lots of clear liquid (particularly water). Do not entirely eliminate salt from your diet, however, as some is necessary.

Step 4

Call your doctor if swelling does not go down after one week, as she may want to check your blood pressure.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Call your doctor immediately if you have pain or swelling in your legs, feet or calves. This may indicate that you have a blood clot and need medical attention.


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