During pregnancy, the feet can become swollen due to various factors, like fluid retention, extra pressure from the uterus to the body, and change in hormones. Just the way you visit your baby scan clinic religiously, the same way you need to pay attention to your puffy feet. Edema or Oedema can begin during the second and third trimester of pregnancy.
Let’s discuss the ways you can manage swollen feet during pregnancy.
1. Avoid standing for prolonged hours
Standing for many hours can aggravate your swollen feet problem. Give plenty of rest to your body and do not stand for long hours. Also, take breaks frequently by stretching your legs.
2. Drink lots of fluids
Swollen feet happens due to fluid retention. So, to restrict fluid retention, drink plenty of healthy fluids, like coconut water, lemon water, smoothies, juices, and fruit-infused water.
3. Massage your feet
Massaging your swollen feet will relax the leg muscles and ease the pain. You can get feet massages from an experienced spa therapist or tell your partner to give you one. To amplify the benefits of your massage, use essential oils or aromatherapy massage oil.
4. Consume less salt
Sodium is essential for the body during pregnancy but an excess of this mineral can prove detrimental and result in oedema. I’m not saying to consume a salt-restricted diet but please avoid that salt shaker as much as possible.
5. Wear comfortable footwear
Sometimes, the swelling can also become problematic due to choosing the wrong shoes or sandals. Ensure that your footwear is of the right size and made up of comfortable material. It’s always best to opt for breathable and soft shoes. In the case of shoe bites, wear socks or insert insoles inside your shoes.
6. Apply a cold compress
Nothing can be better than putting a cold compress on your achy and swollen feet. Apply a cold compress frequently to get instant relief from oedema.
Author’s Bio – Hi, I am Brittany Burns. I am a blogger. Recently delivered my twin boys and would like to educate all expecting mothers in Peterborough about every aspect of pregnancy.