Try drinking lukewarm water - like straight from the tap, not super cold - mixed with lots of lemon juice. This helps to reduce swelling and helps remove toxins from your body at the same time. I'm 38, almost 39 weeks now, but when I was 35-36 weeks I lost 4 lbs because I had been out of lemon juice and was only drinking water for about 2 weeks. I felt so, so bloated and my feet were like water balloons. In only 9 days drinking water with lemon again, I lost 4 lbs of fluid even though the baby was at the stage to be gaining 1/2 lb a week. Dr said I looked much better. I always sleep with pillows under my feet - usually the pillows from my couch because they are the biggest ones in our house! LOL I also only sit with my feet up either on the couch or in a recliner during the day. I try to stay off my feet for more than 30-45 minutes at a time when possible, and to put them back up asap if I have to be on them more than that.
at 2:37 AM on Dec. 27, 2008