Relief for Swollen Feet During Pregnancyby lori bregman
Despite all the beautiful parts of pregnancy, the truth is that this is also potentially the most uncomfortable you will ever be. Gas, back aches, and for the love of God, THE SWELLING!
Swollen feet are the worst. Your shoes don't fit right, and there's nothing you would like more than to pop them like water balloons for some relief. That's obviously not the best remedy, but you'll be pleased to know that there are a few ways to relieve the discomfort of your swollen tootsies.
Here are some great holistic remedies:
Elevate your legs by placing your feet up on a stack of pillows. This is especially effective at night. Always keep your head propped up above your heart while doing this, though.
Light exercise will help with circulation and releasing built up toxins. Paired with a glass of water (which helps flush out toxins), this works!
Massage breaks up tension, of course, but it also releases the toxins that cause you to retain water. A good foot massage will set you right.
Soak, Soak, Soak
Soak feet in warm salt water, then massage with jojoba oil with an added blend of a few drops of peppermint oil to help cool, a few drops of grapefruit oil (an anti-inflammatory agent), and a few drops of ginger oil to reduce swelling and improve circulation. Or soak your feet in cold water to relieve the overheated sensation that comes with swelling.
Swimming is great for taking the weight off your feet, which will help them relax. (Bonus: It also takes the weight off your back, so it helps with back and hip pain.)
Stay hydrated! Drink lots of water. Most swelling is caused by the imbalance of sodium and water. This imbalance also affects your body's ability to maintain a comfortable temperature (so you might feel really hot).
- Don’t cross your legs. It cuts off the circulation of blood from your thighs into your feet.
- Roll feet on tennis ball or ice cold can. This is just like a foot massage.
- Wear comfortable shoes. Your feet are carrying you and a baby so treat them nicely.
- Avoid anything salty. Too much sodium forces your body to retain water in your hands, feet, and belly.
- Wear support hose. There are socks out there, too, that help with circulation.
Do you have any tips to add to this list?
This article is not intended as medical advice, and this information should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.