When Do Feet Swell During Pregnancy?
Oedema (or in common terms, feet swelling during pregnancy) affects about three quarters of pregnant women starting around week 22 to week 27 of pregnancy, and it will likely stick around until you give birth.
What Causes Swollen Ankles and Feet During Pregnancy?
During pregnancy, oedema occurs when body fluids increase to nurture both you and your baby and accumulate in your tissues as a result of increased blood flow and pressure of your growing uterus on the pelvic veins and your vena cava, which is the large vein on the right side of your body that returns blood from your lower limbs to the heart.
This causes you to experience swelling – particularly swollen ankles and feet (but also your hands, as you may have noticed when you last tried to take off your rings). You might also be sporting more swelling in your feet if your weight gain has been on the faster side.
Here are 10 tips you can try to lessen the feet swelling during pregnancy:
- Avoid long periods of standing or sitting.
If you’re on your feet a lot, take breaks and have a seat. If you’re sitting down a lot, take a five-minute stroll at least once an hour.
- Kick up your feet.
If possible, elevate your legs when you’re sitting. Who has a better excuse to put up her feet than a pregnant woman?
- Sleep on your side.
If you don’t already, try sleeping on your side (preferably your left). It helps keep your kidneys humming along, which in turn helps waste elimination and reduces swelling.
- Move it.
Try to get some pregnancy-appropriate exercise, such as walking (which keeps the blood flowing instead of pooling) or swimming, if your practitioner OKs it. The water pressure pushes fluids from your tissues back into your veins, where it goes to your kidneys so you can pee it out.
- Avoid tight elastic-top socks or stockings.
Your goal is to let blood and fluids flow as freely as possible.
- Wear comfy shoes.
Especially while you’re out (those sexy slingbacks don’t fit now, anyway). Consider orthotic shoes or inserts as well, which can make your feet feel better and can reduce leg and back pain during pregnancy too. Once you get home, switch to a pair of soft slippers.
- Try support hose.
Opt for full pantyhose (with extra tummy room) or knee- or thigh-highs (a better choice if you’re perpetually warm) that aren’t tight on top. Whichever type of support hose you choose, put them on in the morning before the daily swelling starts so they can do their job more effectively.
- Drink lots of water.
It may seem counterintuitive to try to flush out fluids with fluids, but trust us. Drinking eight to ten glasses of water a day will help remove excess sodium and other waste products, minimising swelling.
- Consume salt in moderation.
Limiting salt too much increases swelling – so don’t cut it out entirely. But like everything, it’s best to keep your intake in moderation and salt to taste.
- Indulge in a relaxing herbal foot bath.
These footbaths help to improve your blood circulation and increase your metabolism to help ease the discomfort of swelling feet.
In conclusion, pregnancy is a difficult process, as there are many pains to be endured along the way. Mothers-to-be, do try these tips, whichever you may find relevant, to help yourselves feel more comfortable. One of the best ways is by soaking your tired, swollen feet into a warm, relaxing foot bath.
TYT Herbal Foot Bath is made just for this purpose. 😊
Soak a sachet of TYT Herbal Foot Bath in hot water for a few minutes and wait until the water cools down slightly before dipping your feet in it.
Give your feet an enjoyable Foot Bath Session to relieve swollen feet, ankle discomforts and activate blood circulation and body metabolism for a stronger, healthier you.