“I was already uncomfortable with my growing belly, and now my elephant sized swollen feet and ankles (well that’s what I thought of them) made it impossible to move around with ease.”
What causes swollen feet in pregnancy?
Swollen ankles and feet are normal during pregnancy and are referred by the term Edema. Edema occurs usually around the 22nd to 27th week and thereafter, lasts the entire pregnancy term. This condition arises as the body finds it difficult to pump the fluids back from the feet to the heart and this fluid retention leads to swelling in the feet and ankles. Though not a cause of worry, swelling in the feet is definitely very uncomfortable for the expectant mom. Women who gain weight faster are more likely to get swelling in the feet.
When should I be concerned about swollen feet during pregnancy?
The experience of swelling in feet during pregnancy might make you nervous or stressed. It is often common during pregnancy and can be managed by various precautionary measures. Sometimes, the feet swelling during pregnancy might lead to serious conditions and need a doctor’s attention. If your hands and face start showing signs of puffiness, consult your health expert immediately. It could be a sign of a serious pregnancy condition called preeclampsia which can be fatal for both mother and the baby. Notice the symptoms accordingly.
How can I reduce swelling in my feet during pregnancy?
Few natural ways to keep the swelling in control are:
- Limit Salt Intake:
Too much salt intake leads to water retention in the body. Though we can’t cut it out completely as the body needs salt nutrients, moderate intake is optimum.
- Sleep on Your Side:
We are sure you must have started doing it. If not, try and sleep on your side (preferably left) to increase circulation and help kidneys eliminate wastes from the body.
- Elevate The Feet:
Ask someone to prop a few pillows below your feet and elevate them. Your swollen feet will thank you! Even while sitting, keep your legs on a stool to reduce the swelling.
- Avoid Standing:
Standing or staying in the same position for long periods could lead to feet swelling. Also, while sitting, keep changing your posture slowly and stretch your legs at small intervals.
- Light exercises and yoga:
Any kind of light exercise or yoga not only makes you feel refreshed and active but also helps you with your swollen feet. However, consult your medical expert before commencing any physical exercises.
- A Comforting Soak:
Dip your swollen feet in warm water to which some Epsom salt or essential oils have been added. Add a few drops of Peppermint oil in the warm water and soak your feet to alleviate the swelling and discomfort. A tonic water soak of comfortably cold water helps to relieve the swelling and discomfort from your feet.
- A Rejuvenating Massage:
Ahh! The massage! Gentle yet sturdy circular motions on the feet are perfect for reducing the bloating, cramping and aches in the feet. You could consult a prenatal massage therapist or get yourself treated with a relaxing massage right at home. Use an Olive oil base with Almond Oil to moisturize your feet and ankles. A Shea butter massage will pamper the feet and keep it moisturized. Try the natural foot cream from The Moms Co. for relaxing your tired feet. This toxin-free cream deeply nourishes the feet and ankles keeping them moisturised while the Peppermint oil provides relief from the swelling.
- Indulge in Some Pool Fun:
Water pressure does great to the tired and bloated feet. You can consult your health expert and take a slow walk in the pool. The water seems to compress the tissues in the feet and provide some relief.
- Stay Cool:
Soaring temperatures aggravate swelling in the feet and ankles. If the weather is hot and humid, wear light and loose-fitting clothes. Drink lots of water to keep the body hydrated and flush out toxins that lead to bloating.
Swelling in the feet in pregnancy is a symptom indicating you need to slow down and relax. Try not to stand for too long and simple yoga stretches of the feet could help. For some women magnesium supplements bring relief, for others, just some good rest. Try some compression gear, or go in for a simple massage. These precautionary measures and remedies will surely help you feel better about the swollen feet. Being patient and gentle with the body, taking rest and some natural cures can certainly make the journey of pregnancy a bearable one!