OH, OH, MEEEEEE, I know this, and don't worry Davena it will go away!!! The first thing in the morning thing especially. I believe that it relates to the relaxin that you produce when you are pregnant. You need it to get the ligaments in the pelvis to soften enough that they will stretch. However, it goes all around your system and thus the ligaments and tendons in your feet. I think that they then become "overstretched" and once the hormone goes away they stiffen up. That is the early morning misery. I think that the swelling exaggerates the problem. I found that it took almost nine months and losing all my baby weight to make the problem go away and it came back again when I became pregnant again. Seems like the minute I hit 130 lbs the feet stiffen. This time around the problem is much less severe but I had no swelling at all. The best trick I've found for the miserable stumble out of bed is BIG (and I mean that) fluffy slippers. A regular foot massage and scrunching of toes before you stand up also helps me. What doesn't help is having DH chortle about my "walking like a little old lady" to the bathroom before 7 am [B)]. This too will pass, Davena, I have gone up a shoe size though. I used to be a 5 1/2 and now I find 6 almost snug.
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