Swollen Feet after Having A C-Section

Swollen feet after having a C-Section isn’t that uncommon so don’t panic.

It’s common to experience swollen feet when recovering from a Cesarean and here are a couple of reasons why.

– Pitocin can cause swollen feet.

If you were given Pitocin, it can cause swelling in your feet.

Pitocin, also known as Oxytocin, is a natural hormone that causes the uterus to contract.  Side effects of Oxytocin can include excessive swelling, particularly in your feet.

This swelling should go down in about a week, but it it doesn’t, be sure to check with your doctor.

– Extra IV fluids can cause your feet to swell.

Sometimes if you are given extra IV fluids this can also cause swollen feet.  Because of these extra fluids you could retain more water than usual, however this should subside within a few days.  If it doesn’t, you’ll want to ask your doctor about it.

When Swollen Feet becomes a Problem.

If you experience pain, swelling and redness in your calves, this may be a sign of blood clots, so call your doctor right away.

If your feet are so swollen that they actually hurt, also call your doctor.  It may not turn out to be a serious problem but your doctor may want to check your blood pressure.

What to do for swollen feet after having a C-Section

  • Keep walking, however don’t overdo it. Walking promotes circulation.
  • Avoid long periods of sitting.
  • When sitting or resting, elevate your legs about 12 inches above your heart
  • Cut back on salts and do drink plenty of water.
  • Call your doctor if swelling does not subside within a week.
  • Do not excessively use laxatives.

For more the C-Section procedure, risks and recovery, The Worry Free C-Section is an excellent resource for advice, personal tips information on all aspects of having a C-Section.


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4 thoughts on “Swollen Feet after Having A C-Section

  1. Diane says:

    I thought walking is the wrong thing to do if your feet are swelling, but what you said makes sense. Walking does help the circulation in the feet.

    And thanks for the warning about if I have pain or swelling and redness in my calves because it may be a sign of blood clots so call your doctor right away. I would not have thought to call the doctor in that case.


    I had C section and have 2.5 years old son. Still my feet gets hurt and sometimes do feel swelling.

  3. danni says:

    i am 3 weeks post c-section. my feet are still swollen and i am having pain in them in different places. i didnt have any fluids so i’m not sure what it could be.. dr measured my calves and seemed satisfied. i am not as mobile atm tho as still have spd, which started in 23rd wk of pregnancy.. really not sure whats going on with my body as this is my first (and last) c-section..

  4. Morgan says:

    I always have a lot of swelling. Definantly due to all those fluids they pumped into me!

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