Today, we are going to discuss the different effective ways to reduce swollen feet during pregnancy.
Suffering from swollen feet while pregnant can be painful and uncomfortable. Unfortunately, they are quite common. Research shows that 8 out of 10 women experience edema at some stage while pregnant. (Source)
Being pregnant is a thing of joy, but there are also some problems that come with it. So, if you experience swollen feet and ankles while pregnant, just remember, you are not alone.
And there are simple things you can do to alleviate the problem naturally without any medication.
During pregnancy, your body produces extra blood and fluid (about 50% extra fluid). This extra fluid build-up helps to prepare your body for your unborn baby to thrive in.
It helps to soften your body to allow it to expand as the baby grows inside of you. It also helps to prepare the pelvic joints and tissue for the delivery of the baby.
You can see that the extra fluid produced during pregnancy is important and needful.
Unfortunately, it also causes edema. The excess fluid has to be stored somewhere of course! In addition, it accounts for about 25% of weight gain during pregnancy
Other factors that can cause your feet to swell while pregnant include:
Swollen feet can occur at any time during pregnancy, but it is more noticeable around the fifth month and gets worse during the third semester.
As I mentioned before, swollen feet while pregnant are quite common and may not a cause for concern.
However, I suggest you contact your doctor if you experience sudden swelling in your face and hands because that can be a sign of preeclampsia.
Not only does standing for a long period of time put extra pressure on your legs and feet, it also causes fluid to accumulate in your lower extremities.
Sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Yeah, you already have excess fluid in your body and I am saying to drink more fluid!
Truth is, water helps to dilute the excess sodium in your body as well as flush out toxins and other impurities that can cause water retention.
And when your body is dehydrated, your body tries to conserve the fluid already in your system, which ultimately leads to water retention.
Drinking herbal teas such as dandelion or nettle twice a day can also help to relieve edema during pregnancy. Moreover, tea is fluid, so drinking tea helps to up your fluid intake.
Spending a lot of time outdoors when it is hot can cause dehydration. So limiting outdoor time during hot weather can go a long way in helping to reduce water retention. And if you must go outdoors when it’s hot, I would suggest you carry your water along.
Swimming has been found to be helpful for relieving swelling in the legs and feet because the pressure from the water helps to improve circulation.
Resting with your feet elevated can help reduce swollen feet during pregnancy. The best position is to raise your feet above the level of your heart. This helps to prevent fluids from pulling in your feet and ankles.
Sodium is one of the main factors that contribute to water retention. Unfortunately, our modern day diets are choked full of sodium. Strive towards limiting your sodium intake if you want to take care of those swollen feet.
Low levels of potassium can cause dehydration, headache, heart palpitation and swelling of the glands and tissue.
Unfortunately, our diets these days are high in sodium and low in potassium. Not only can this imbalance is lead to swollen feet during pregnancy, but it also negatively affects your general health.
This is because potassium works together in synergy with sodium to support cellular functions.
So upping your potassium intake is highly recommended. Eat potassium-rich foods such as winter squash, sweet potatoes, white beans, banana, avocado, wild caught salmon, spinach, and coconut water.
You can also opt for potassium supplementation.
Essential oils are one of the best natural remedies for swollen feet and ankles. (Read this article to see the best essential oils for swollen feet and ankles and how to use them effectively).
Related Read: Essential Oils for Pregnancy
Compression socks help to increase circulation and relieve edema. Below are a couple of compression socks for you:
Cold compresses are one of the effective naturalways to reduce swollen feet during pregnancy. Simply apply the cold compress to your feet and ankles while lying down. Or you can use these cold therapy socks.
This post is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose or treat any disease.