As exciting as it can be waiting for the arrival of your little bundle of joy, it can be pretty testing at times too. Foot pain and swollen feet are just a few issues among many that can arise during those incredible 9 months. Foot pain is common especially during the third trimester. You can try to avoid this problem early on by resting your feet and propping them up whenever you get a chance. However, this may not work for everyone and you may already be feeling the effects of pregnancy on your feet.
Jane Anderson, is a podiatrist at the Food and Ankle Center in Durham, North Carolina talks about some methods to get foot pain relief during pregnancy, on parents.com. Here are some highlights:
Avoid sleeping on your back, but rather on your side: sleeping on your side will relieve the pressure on the largest vein leading to your heart, the vena cava. Sleeping on your back can cause pressure, which can slow down the blood circulating from the feet back to the heart.
Raise your feet as much as you can: to help circulation, try raising your feet 6-12 inches above your heart for around 20 minutes at a time.
Drink water: to avoid dehydration, drink lots of water. Dehydration can cause swelling to become worse, as water retention can increase as the body’s way to stay hydrated.
Use an ice pack on your ankles: this will help reduce the swelling and increase circulation. When you have your feet raised, apply an ice pack for 15-20 minutes.
Keep an eye on your weight: usual weight gain during pregnancy is around 25-35 pounds. Further weight gain can increase pressure on the feet, swelling, or even more serious problems.
If you would like to find out more, contact NueStep to discuss your options about handling foot pain during pregnancy.