2 Jan 2016
Fluid retention and poor circulation cause swollen feet during pregnancy. Pregnant women should take good care of their feet to avoid this hurt. However, here I’m sharing some solutions or effective measures and do hope your problem will be resolved.
The feet are a body part that are often neglected, but during pregnancy become a sensitive area which should be pampered a lot. Fluid retention and poor circulation causes them to swell painfully especially in the first three months of pregnancy, and turn worse in the summer heat.
Tips to relieve swollen feet during pregnancy
Feet up: Put your feet up whenever you are free, while you’re lying and sitting, so that they remain above the hip. If you’re at work, be very useful to put a stool under the desk to put your feet on it.
Lie down the couch: In order to avoid swollen feet during pregnancy lie down the couch. You have to use your side as it’ll help to relieve pressure in the veins. As the vena cava located to the right of the body, it is better to lie down on your left side.
While you’re sitting: Avoid crossing your legs or ankles while you’re sitting, and after every 20 minutes change your legs position or take a break from the sitting position, walk a little so that the blood can circulate better.
Stretch your legs frequently when you’re sitting: Do legs stretched forward, and gently flex your feet upward to stretch the calf muscles. Rotate your ankles and wiggle the toes.
Drink water and eat well: Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day will make your body retain less liquid. The balanced meals, light and low in saturated fats also help reducing swollen feet during pregnancy.
Do some exercise: To improve circulation it’s important to keep your body active, so walking and swimming are highly recommended activities; especially dive into the water can temporarily reduce swelling, especially if the water level is almost at the height of your shoulders.
Proper footwear: It is very important to choose a comfortable shoe that fits swollen feet, and also do not wear socks or stockings that squeeze the skin to make worsening circulation.
Baths feet with hot and cold water: If you prefer a hot foot bath, fill the container with hot water plus add a handful of salt; you must have your feet soak for about 10 minutes massaging gently for relief. If you dare with a cold foot bath, put cold water in the container and let them soak for at least 8 minutes; this will reactivate the circulation and reduces inflammation.
When to worry about the swollen feet during pregnancy?
– During pregnancy it is only natural to have swollen feet and ankles, even hands! But you must always go to your doctor if this swelling also appears on the face or is sudden and rough hands and feet as it could be a symptom of preeclampsia, a serious condition that should be treated as soon as possible.
– If one leg is more swollen than the other, or if you feel pain or discomfort in your thighs or calves or unbearable pain by swelling of the feet, it is also advisable to ask medical advice as soon as possible.
I hope these tips have been useful; swelling is normal that make you feel clumsier than usual but think it is a temporary situation that should disappear after delivery, once the body begins to remove fluid.