There are plenty things about being pregnant you aren’t going to miss. Morning sickness is definitely the first one new mom’s can’t wait to get rid of. No one likes spending time with their head in a toilet! Since by now you know the list of symptoms you’re experiencing every day for hours on end, there’s no need to go over the annoying side effects of pregnancy. Instead let’s focus on one that surely is bothersome to every pregnant woman in the world.
Rather it’s the fact you can see your feet at the moment, or whenever you stand up you feel like you’re walking on overfilled balloons. Swollen feet are miserable to anyone, add in a growing baby and an achy back it becomes a special kind of torture. While with any symptoms you should get check out by a medical professional.
The truth is, it’s pretty much a guarantee to have some range of swelling during the length of the 9 months. What can be offered is temporary relief of the discomfort for at least an hour or so and a chance to sit for a while.
1. Soaking in Warm Water
If you can afford to buy a home foot spa, invest in it. You will be using it daily so it will more than earn its keep. Like any achy, tired body part, a nice long warm bath is heavenly to soothe and relax that particular sore body part. When you can during the day or even at night when you are just sitting for some time, turn on your foot spa with the vibrating bubbles and relax.
If you don’t have one, find the deepest and biggest pot or bowl you own and soak your hurting doggies. You can add salts and special oils to the water like Epsom Salt, peppermint or ginger oil to help open up the pores with any soak. Picking the right aromatherapy oil will aid in relaxing not only your feet but your senses as well.
It might take a while to decide on which blend of oil works best for you, so research your favorite scents to find out if they offer any extra help to reduce swelling, like grape seed oil or ginger oil.
7 Try a Cool Soak on a Hot Day
Cold is not one of my favorite things to do with my feet, even when they’re hurting, because I really hate cold on my toes. The sensation of hot swelling feet and cool water is soothing if you can get passed the uncomfortable shocking first moments. A cold soak so is all about reducing the heat in the body part and the focus is to cool the glands and muscle that have overheated so they can relax.
The downfall is they may still be swollen after the cool soak, so make sure to rub them afterwards and put your feet up for a nice rest. Putting your feet up encourages the circulation in your legs and can reduce swelling in your feet.
6 Get a Relaxing Foot Massage
Think of it as a nightly payment for being so awesome that you make people. My personal favorite thing is getting a fragrance free body cream that I was able to add my own mix of oils for soothing. A few drops of grapeseed oil and peppermint mixed in and a nice foot massage with extra attention to the balls of the feet. That massage works best when it’s coupled with a nice long soak first.
After your feet are rubbed and the oils are absorbed into your skin, slip on a pair of nice and cozy socks so everything is toasty then put your feet up. Again elevating your feet is essential for the circulation. If you work on your feet all day, you’ll notice you swell more than a woman who doesn’t, so definitely put those puppies up and relax for a bit.
5 Elevate Your Feet for a While
Swollen feet are the result of circulation issues most of the time. So whenever you have a moment take a second to put your feet up on pillows and watch a movie. The position allows for the blood to travel easily without stress. Your body works hard to pump blood from your heart to your extremities during pregnancy. All this hard work usually causes the swelling that you’re experiencing.
By putting your feet up, you’re using gravity to help pump the blood back to your heart and reduce the swelling at the same time. So if you’re working through your pregnancy, make sure to put your feet up every night when you get home for at least 30 minutes to help your circulation and reduce any discomfort you may be feeling in your feet.
4 Drink Plenty of Water Throughout the Day
You will be asked this question multiple times a day by everyone. They will tell you how many glasses of water to drink a day. What is important to remember is this, for every hour you are awake, drink a glass of water. Water flushes your systems of any toxins and keeps your organs hydrated, and since your baby is using you has a feeding tube, you have to keep you and your baby safe in all zones.
Plus the water means your veins are well infused with water, which means they aren’t restricted in reserving a life giving resource. Not to mention that your blood contains plasma which consists of 92% water. And since you’re supplying your baby with blood, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got enough water in your system to pass them all the blood that they require to grow healthy and strong.
3 Exercise Regularly for Your Health
Swimming is a great low stress, low-impact exercise that will keep yourself and your baby healthy. By working out you’re increasing blood flow throughout your whole body, but make sure to speak with your doctor before you try anything physical. If you aren’t a swimmer, then walking can help reduce your blood pressure when it spikes. So even though your feet hurt during a 10 minute walk, all that walking can help you.
Just take it easy and make it a leisurely stroll during the day time. And it doesn’t matter where you stroll, so whether you prefer to mall walk or go through your neighborhood, all the walking you’ll be doing will go a long way to helping you reduce any swelling you might have in your feet and legs. On this note, avoid standing still for long periods of time, that’s the main root cause of swelling in your lower limbs.
2 Eating Right and Choosing the Best Foods
Of course you know you should eat correctly for the most beneficial nutrient intake for your baby. You can also include specific food to help with inflammatory issues. Ginger, apple cider vinegar, cucumbers are just a few foods that help fight swelling. Reducing salt intake can dramatic make swelling issues lessen, and making sure to eat enough small meals a day all work together to lessen swelling issues.
Foods to avoid include canned goods which usually use salt as a preservative, potato chips, French fries, and fast foods which usually contain a high amount of salt as well. So even you think eating that can of soup is healthy, you may unknowingly be adding more soup to your diet than you intended. Choose your foods wisely and read labels when grocery shopping at the grocery store.
1 Get Plenty of Rest and Relaxation
There are so many different home remedies on how and what to use to reduce swelling. The most important thing to remember is that rest and taking care of yourself is number one. Eat, right and get plenty of rest. Your body is in overdrive producing everything for the baby and you can easily over work everything. Remember to sleep as much as you can and even if you aren’t sleeping deeply, rest comfortably to give your body a break.
Your body is a system that operates based on what it is put through. The only way to reduce issues and promote healthy function is to treat it delicately during your pregnancy. Before trying anything new speak with your doctor about it. Remember to note changes of what works and what doesn’t. You need to discuss everything in detail and always pay attention to what your body is telling you. Every reaction, change in feeling or issue is your body expresses is something that needs your attention.