Are you suffering from Swollen Feet during Pregnancy? Don’t ignore a few signs of swollen feet which can be dangerous for you and baby growth. Generally, it happens in the last trimester, due to the growing uterus as it puts pressure on the veins & slows the blood circulation in your legs & feet which cause fluid build-up. Also, check the Swollen Feet affect in the Each Trimester of Pregnancy :
- First Trimester of Pregnancy
- Second Trimester of Pregnancy
- Third Trimester of Pregnancy
Reasons for Swollen Feet During Pregnancy
Q) Are Swollen Feet normal during Pregnancy?
A) Oh Yes, it’s very normal to have swelling during pregnancy. During my pregnancy period, I have swollen feet only after 32 weeks and that also because of my weight gain. I have always taken care of myself to avoid swollen feet by taking a few precautions.
It is caused by additional blood and fluid in our bodies. To meet the needs of the developing baby our body produces more blood and body fluids.
Q) What does a swollen foot mean during pregnancy?
A) Actually, during pregnancy, your body retains more fluid and this is happening because your growing uterus puts pressure on your veins, which impairs the return of blood to your heart.
Q) When to worry about swelling during pregnancy?
A) You don’t need to worry a lot about the swollen feet but there are some signs which you should not ignore and call your doctor. Especially if you notice swollen feet with itching and that continues for more than 1 week, maybe it is a sign that something is wrong with Baby.
Q) What not to eat when you have Edema?
a) Avoid alcohol, Cigarettes, Non-veg, caffeine, chocolate, dairy products, fried foods, olives, pickles, too much salt, soy sauce, and white sugar, etc.
Q) When will pregnancy swelling go away?
A) Maximum within One week after your delivery, your swelling will start decreasing.
How to Get Rid of Swollen Feet
Don’t Stand for Longer Period in a Row
Put your Leg on Stool in office (you can keep two stools together)
Put your feet up position, maybe on the pillow at home
Sleep on sides and keep switching the sides (Left side is best to sleep)
Take frequent walks during your office time
Do small household works to keep your body moving
Decrease your salt intake
Increase your water intake
Morning & Evening walk
Reduce Dairy products
Don’t wear a tight vest, paints
Avoid Wearing any Tight Shoes during Pregnancy
Eat foods high in potassium
Decrease your caffeine intake
Let your family member give a light massage on feet
Solutions / Home Remedies
1 # Apply Cold Compress: Place a cold towel or ice pack or ice bags on your Swollen Feet to get the relief from your pain. Continue doing this for at least 15 10 20 minutes for the best result.
2 # Apple Cider Vinegar: Mix the apple cider vinegar and warm water together and dip the towel it in. Now wrap the warm towel around the swollen area and keep it for 5 to 10 minutes, its warm towel gets cool. Do this for 5 to 6 times, it helps in reducing the fluid retention
3 # Drink lots of water. Drinking lots of water will help you to flush excess fluids out of the body.
4 # Soaking your feet in Epsom salt: Another good way to naturally relieve some of the swellings.