Why Do Women Have Swollen Feet During Their Pregnancy?
Swelling in your feet during pregnancy is not uncommon. In fact, as many as 8 out of 10 women have 'clinical edema' (AKA swelling) at some stage of their pregnancy. I remember my mother telling me how her feet were swollen when she was pregnant with me.
Of course, it isn't a pleasant experience for most women. Your favorite shoes may feel tighter, sandals may feel snugger, and you're left with so many questions:
Is it abnormal? Should you be concerned? When will this swelling go away? Will it ever go away?
Whether you're sitting on the sofa looking at your swollen feet right now or if you're a newly pregnant woman who is eager to learn more about the next stages of pregnancy - fret not!
In this article, let's explore the reason why women have swollen feet during their pregnancy and what you can do next to reduce the swelling.
Should You Be Concerned?
In most cases, swollen feet are quite commonly seen in the third stage of pregnancy because our bodies retain more fluid and there's decreased circulation throughout the body. According to research, the blood volume increases drastically by approximately 50% during pregnancy.
Typically, swelling or puffiness doesn't require any medical intervention and a few handy remedies will provide relief.
If the swelling is sudden, make sure that you measure your blood pressure levels. If you notice any unusual symptoms such as swelling accompanied by pain or redness, blurry vision, headaches, sudden swelling, etc.
It's always recommended to consult your gynecologist and let them know as soon as you notice any symptoms to ensure that you have a smooth, comfortable, and hassle-free experience.
Tips To Help You Reduce Swelling
Even though swelling isn't painful, it can make you feel slightly more conscious of your appearance or even make you feel uncomfortable. Here are a few tips that might come to your rescue:
Salt makes you retain more water. Bringing down sodium intake will be helpful in reducing swelling. Avoid consuming packaged foods (such as chips, processed snacks, and other consumables) that may be loaded with sodium.
Our body retains more water when it doesn't get enough of it. Consuming plenty of liquids (think green teas, fresh lemonade, water, etc.) ensures that your body gets the fluids that it requires.
Keeping your feet elevated can allow the fluid that has been accumulating in your feet to move upward. So put your legs up and relax!
It may be helpful to wear comfortable slippers and shoes. Avoid wearing heels altogether and wear shoes that sport cushioned soles.
Ask your husband to give you a light foot massage. Not only does this reduce the swelling but also gives you some time to relax and unwind after a busy day.
You can also enjoy a mini walk in the park to reduce the swelling.
Will it ever go away?
In most cases, the swelling reduces after the delivery. If your feet don't go back to their usual size, chances are that they'll stay that way. But that's okay - time to make some space in your closet for new footwear.
The bottom line is that swollen feet during pregnancy are quite common and you shouldn't feel embarrassed about them at all. With a few handy remedies, you'll be able to slip into your favorite pair of sneakers in no time. Embrace this part of your pregnancy while it lasts, before you get ready to welcome the tiny human that is inside your body.
On that note, let me know what is the best part about pregnancy for you. Leave your comment below!
Samia Arshan is a freelance content writer based in New Delhi. She loves writing about parenting, fertility, women's health and wellness, fitness/nutrition, mental health and much more! Find her on Instagram and LinkedIn.
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